Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision on aboriginal rights known as Delgamuukw v. British Columbia,  3 S.C.R. 1010.
For the first time, the Court directly addressed the issue of aboriginal title.
The Gitxsan Nation and the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia had started a lawsuit in 1984. Their claim covered 133 individual territories, amounting to 58,000 square kilometres of the northwestern part of their province. They claimed both ownership of the land and jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court did not rule as to whether the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en have aboriginal title to . . . [more]