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The Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in B.C. to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation.
The unanimous ruling resolves many important legal questions, such as how to determine aboriginal title and whether provincial laws apply to those lands.
In its decision, Canada's top court agreed that a semi-nomadic tribe can claim land title even if it uses it only some of the time, and set out a three-point test to determine land titles, considering:
Continuity of habitation on the land.
Exclusivity in area.
The court also established what title means, including the right to the benefits associated with the land, and the right to use it, enjoy it and profit from it.
originally posted by: aboutface
They are landowners or title holders now, and that's not something to sneeze at.