MLI Senior Fellow Ken Coates spoke to the Yukon News about what two recent Supreme Court decisions – Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows – mean for Aboriginal land rights mean in the Yukon.
Coates told the paper that the decisions serve as useful “book ends” for considering Aboriginal groups’ rights and limitations when it comes to land claims.
The Tsilhqot’in decision “says if the First Nations don’t have treaties, you better treat them as though they have treaties”.
Grassy Narrows sets out that Aboriginals “do not have a veto over all development”. To read the article, click here.