Jun 152017

In 2013 CFSC intervened in the landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia Supreme Court Case. At that time we, along with First Nations and other interveners, called on the Supreme Court to reject government efforts to limit First Nations’ ownership and control of land. We urged the Court to seize this moment to give practical application to human rights standards affirmed in international law, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We helped prepare a backgrounder on the case in 2013 (PDF), and below is the recently released Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia in plain language. For your convenience, the index is as follows:

  1. Summary
  2. Why did the Tsilhqot’in have to go to court?
  3. What did the lower courts say before the case reached the Supreme Court of Canada?
  4. What did the Supreme Court decide?
  5. What are some of the problems with the Supreme Court of Canada decision?
  6. Why is the decision important for the Tsilhqot’in People and all Indigenous Peoples?

Learn more about our work around the human rights of Indigenous Peoples.