PAGC Welcomes Court Ruling on Aboriginal Title

Friday, November 19, 2004 at 14:36



The chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council is applauding yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on Aboriginal land rights.


The high court ruled that governments have a legal, but limited, duty to consult with First Nations on developments that could affect even unproven Aboriginal land claims.


Gary Merasty says the ruling will give First Nations in northern Saskatchewan more of a voice in how resources are developed on their traditional lands.


He says industry shouldn’t interpret the decision as a sign they will encounter more difficulty in dealing with Indian bands.


Rather, Merasty feels it presents a chance to form a more solid two-way relationship on mining and forestry ventures.


Merasty adds he has given the provincial government until the end of the month to respond.


If that doesn’t happen, he promises the PAGC will “force the issue accordingly”.