B.C. moves to recognize First Nations rights

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VICTORIA

— A proposed B.C. government law that would recognize the legal rights and status of aboriginal people has the potential to force Ottawa to re-examine its relationship with aboriginals across Canada, said Phil Fontaine the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

The law proposed by the province’s Liberal government and endorsed Thursday by the members of the largest aboriginal organization in British Columbia would recognize that aboriginal people have long lived throughout British Columbia and would no longer have to prove as fact that they inhabited the area prior to colonialization.

It would recognize aboriginal rights and title, offering shared decision making and revenue sharing for First Nations.

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