Ottawa, Ontario (June 26, 2014) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:
“The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the appeal filed in the Roger William case involves complex and significant legal issues concerning the nature of Aboriginal title in the Province of British Columbia.
The Government of Canada is now taking time to review the Court’s decision to determine next steps.
Our Government believes that the best way to resolve outstanding Aboriginal rights and title claims is through negotiated settlements that balance the interests of all Canadians.
Since 2006, we have concluded four treaties in British Columbia with a number of other agreements at advanced stages of negotiations.
We are committed to continuing this progress and ensuring an effective process for negotiating treaties.”
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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