On May 25, 2018, the TSKLH Nation filed a notice of application asking the Supreme Court of British Columbia to join the TSKLH Nation as a party to the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs’ existing Aboriginal rights and title claim. The TSKLH Nation and the Gitanyow have overlapping territorial claims, and the TSKLH Nation asks to be added as a defendant to permit it to defend its claims against the Gitanyow.
As part of its application to join that claim, the TSKLH Nation also asks the Court to permit it to file its own Aboriginal rights and title claim against the Province and Canada, in which the TSKLH Nation asks for declarations of Aboriginal rights and title. The TSKLH Nation will argue that it is most efficient for the Court to hear its and the Gitanyow’s claims simultaneously, as they raise questions of ownership to some of the same territory.
See here for a map of TSKLH Territory.
The TSKLH Nation seeks compensation from the Province and Canada for past injustices. The TSKLH Nation is not seeking any retroactive compensation from private land holders on TSKLH Territory; it only asks that no further land tenures, resource extraction permits, or the like, be issued over TSKLH Territory going forward, without the TSKLH Nation’s consent.
No date has been set for the hearing of the TSKLH Nation’s application.
Please contact: Madelaine Mackenzie