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Turn the Tables: Reject the Interim Land Claims Policy


Turn the Tables: Reject the Interim Land Claims Policy


Constitutional Law
Indigenous Land Rights
Land claims


IdleNoMoreMedia, the creator of this video, provides the following description:
"This summer the Supreme Court of Canada made a historic ruling that the Tsilhqot'in Indigenous nation in British Columbia holds Aboriginal title to its traditional territory and ensures that First Nations with title have decision-making power. If this court decision can be implemented on the ground, it offers a chance to create a radically more just country. But the Harper government is denying this new reality: in order to push through their tar sands pipelines and resource extraction projects, they are trying instead to accelerate the elimination of Aboriginal rights. In response to the Tsilhqot’in decision, Harper has quietly introduced a newly revised policy to undermine and negate the Indigenous land rights that stand in the way of his agenda."

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Nov 14, 2014


Voice over: Wanda Nanibush
Music: A Tribe Called Red - PBC (Feat. Sheldon Sundon) from the album "Nation II Nation"


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some First Nations think a land claim is
0:02about establishing our claim to the land
0:03in fact it's about Canada establishing
0:06its claim to our land that is why
0:09Canada's land claim policy a government
0:12process to settle unseated indigenous
0:14lands requires negotiating with First
0:16Nations to extinguish their rights their
0:19underlying title to the land the
0:22government calls this reconciliation
0:23just recently in late-september 2014
0:27canada quietly introduced the first
0:29major reform to the land claims policy
0:31in 30 years the laughably short
0:34consultation period ends on November
0:3630th this consultation is being led by
0:39douglas efird who was the author of
0:41building partnerships a report
0:43commissioned in 2013 by canada to make
0:46recommendations on west coast energy
0:48infrastructure building partnerships
0:50spelled out candidates priorities mainly
0:53the need to capitalize on global energy
0:56demands the impediment to an expanded
0:59diversified energy market is that
1:01Aboriginal people told
1:02constitutionally-protected title rights
1:04and treaties with which industry and
1:07government must legally compliant when
1:09Europeans first came to these lands they
1:11formed political alliances with
1:13indigenous nations
1:14these agreements were enshrined and
1:16treaties the last trees behind with the
1:18number treaties between 1871 and 1930
1:22which swept the country to secure land
1:24for railways resource development and
1:26settlement then for more than 40 years
1:29no treaties were signed though many
1:31lands remained unsettled a supreme court
1:35of canada decision 1973 changed all that
1:37the Calder case opened up the
1:40possibility of Aboriginal title NBC and
1:43an unseeded lands more generally shortly
1:46following canada rules out the land
1:48claims policy the policy mark to turn
1:51away from the harsh denial of indigenous
1:53rights towards the softer subtler form
1:56of denial negotiating groups must see
1:58approximately ninety-five percent of
2:01their land spans must agree to release
2:03all past claims transition their
2:06unseated lands into fee simple or
2:08private property begin to pay taxes and
2:12gradually become ethnic municipalities
2:14under provincial jurisdiction that is
2:17why I wrestled diabetic calls these
2:19determination tables meaning they
2:21terminate or eliminate indigenous
2:23peoples inherent rights the new land
2:25claims policy reforms were triggered
2:27ironically by the supreme court of
2:29canada as Chuck Holton nation versus
2:32British Columbia decision in the summer
2:34of 2014 the decision recognized for the
2:37first time an indigenous nations
2:38underlying Aboriginal title to the land
2:40rather than simply laying out tests for
2:43how this could be done to push forward
2:46the land claims policy at a moment when
2:49the supreme court of canada of firms the
2:51inherent territorial interest of
2:53indigenous peoples
2:54the stark message for the federal
2:56government send the new intern policy
2:59reiterates that there are no guarantees
3:01of resource revenue sharing no
3:03guarantees of subsurface rights and no
3:06decision-making power over environmental
3:08management let alone free prior and
3:10informed consent which is recommended by
3:13the United Nations Declaration of the
3:15Rights of Indigenous Peoples it is up to
3:17political movements to transform the
3:19federal comprehensive claims himself
3:21government policies from denial and
3:23extinguishment to recognition and
3:26affirmation of indigenous rights and
3:27self-determination in this spirit
3:29defenders of the land and I don't know
3:31more are putting forward for demands
3:33disengagement of negotiating bands from
3:36the termination tables and forgiveness
3:38for all loans taken out to finance the
3:40process fundamental joint reform of both
3:43the comprehensive land claims self
3:45government policies with the aim of
3:47making the policies consistent with both
3:48Canadian law on a virtual title original
3:51rights and treaty rights and with
3:53inherent indigenous laws of jurisdiction
3:56guard the provision of funding grants to
3:59indigenous peoples for negotiation
4:00processes and lastly an absolute
4:03rejection of the unilaterally imposed
4:06efird consultation process join us we
4:11gain strength immunity
4:12what's your nations vision



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