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Is Gordon Campbell giving away B.C.?

Fear runs rampant over planned “recognition and reconciliation” bill


 

Fear runs rampant these days in British Columbia that a planned “recognition and reconciliation” bill on aboriginal title will effectively turn over control of the province’s land to First Nations. Unlike their counterparts in the rest of the country, most indigenous nations in B.C. did not sign treaties ceding control of their traditional lands. This has led to a long-running legal conflict in which the courts have mainly sided with the natives, which in turn forced the province to embark on a new treaty process. That process bogged down, but the Campbell government now appears determined to settle the issue once and for all. And what is known about their government’s plan has alarmed a lot of people. “Recognition of aboriginal title over all of B.C. will, by law, give the new indigenous nations the right of veto over future use and development of all land in the province, and the right to extract rents,” warns Jeffrey Rustand, in-house counsel with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, in today’s Vancouver Sun. “Did any of the premier’s advisers think this through?”

The Vancouver Sun


 
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Is Gordon Campbell giving away B.C.?

  1. How can he give away something he doesn’t own? The white people don’t own BC or it’s first nations peoples. What an ignorant title. How can you steal something, and then worry about giving it away. The mentality amazes me. It should be titled “Give Back” what was stolen, it’s like the pirates are worried their booty is getting given away. It’s called justice.

  2. “… “Recognition of aboriginal title over all of B.C. will, by law, give the new indigenous nations the right of veto over future use and development of all land in the province, and the right to extract rents,” warns Jeffrey Rustand, in-house counsel with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, in today’s Vancouver Sun. “Did any of the premier’s advisers think this through?”

    What an utterly irresponsible statement for a constitutional expert to make! Anyone who’s had any kind of dealing with BC’s Aboriginal community knows they just want a fair shake for their people, particularly in remote areas, where unemployment and all the ills that flow from that situation abound. They’re not interested in holding anyone to ransome, or driving away business. They’d just like some say over what happens to their traditional lands. Even the tittle of this lazy article is irresponsible.

  3. Well I have to say ,I trust the native indeginous people of BC, more than most “politicians” today .I hope this is a not a smoke screen and then the wool gets pulled out from “promises” now given.

  4. This is a tragic comedy, if gordon campell were to be defeated in an election, the first nations who are at the mercy of the elected politicians, end up with the short end of the stick, The incoming government doesn’t recognize the work of the previous regime, so they have to start from square one, again. why do you think it takes 25 or 30 yrs to come to a treaty agreement. It’s more like the first nations are negotiating with hostage takers. the first nations peoples of BC aren’t idiots, they won’t settle for $5 per year and a bag of flour. Or a bunch of beads and trinkets. Just give back what was stolen.

  5. People, what seems to be lost in this article and subsequent Discussion is the well known fact that North American native tribes clearly did not and never did have a concept of land or property rights the same way the incoming Europeans did or as all Canadians do today. The land was used as a shared resource among the member of the tribe. As historian William Cronon writes, it is “not the land but the things that were on the land during the various seasons of the year.” So to have them demand ‘title” to lands and indeed for them to become landlords would appear to hypocritical in the extreme.

    • Who’s says they want to be landolrds? And are you saying we can be landlords and they can;t? What was that word you used again – hypocracy! Yes it does have a nice ring!

    • I can read the fear in your words, it must be typical of white people to be afraid that the free ride is over. We can’t be any worse at being a landlord than the greedy scumbags who think they own the deed. Considering the resouces are stripped clean, so it’s you thats being a hypocrite, stop crying, the natives aren’t going to evict you, or round you all up and put on an inhabitable piece of land. That has been tried, the stolen land has not benefited anyone but white corporations. Hypocrite crybaby.

  6. Oh, all those vile things you spout, Gordon. Your slurs and name-calling towards a certain racial group do not give you any respect from me or anybody who happens to read these comments. So much for a civil discussion on this issue. Why am I not surprised?

    • I don’t need or want “your” respect, it’s OK for you to insinuate that the natives are too incompetent or genetically incapable of being a “landlord”. But are sensitive to being called on your racist remarks, why am I not surprised that your velvet feeling are hurt so easily. It is extremley hypocritical of you to cry about name calling when you can give your vile opinion that a certain racial group is incapable of doing a better job than the crooks who are the “landlords”.

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