At the regularly scheduled meeting on July 22, Council received a report by Williams Lake Councillor Bonnell, and acknowledged the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to award of full Aboriginal Title to Lands to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.
(Click on image to watch Council discuss this matter during the July 22 City Council meeting. Video of this meeting provided courtesy of Shaw Cable Williams Lake.)
"The decision speaks for itself," said Councillor Bonnell. "The Supreme Court of Canada is the ultimate arbitrator in our society in terms of working out these matters. It's historic in our neighbourhood in relation to how First Nations issues on rights and titles are being addressed through the courts."
"What that means in terms of play in our region, I think is up to the Tsilhqot'in to advise us in terms of how they are now going to proceed with their lands and what activities may or may not happen on their land."