A rift over indigenous representation in Canada is creating winners and losers

The efforts of Canada’s indigenous rights movement to flex political muscle are most acutely felt in British Columbia. B.C.’s strategic location as the country’s only Pacific province gives it outsize influence over energy projects that require its unique geography, yet the province is also home to Canada’s most legally ambiguous claims of indigenous territory. Enormous swatches of British Columbia were never officially surrendered by Indian treaties, and in 1997 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that indigenous nations can still assert “title” to the land.

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