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Notes: How java works ? In my lands to the Crown. 4 Because of this, the spectre of Aboriginal title has haunted the provincial government’s claim to jurisdiction over B.C.’s lands and resources. 5 In addition to the expropriation of their lands, First Nations in B.C. also faced the same assimilative policies that were imposed on Aboriginal peoples all across Canada: the residential schools that forced Aboriginal children from their homes and into institutions in which their culture was “trained” out of them (see Haig-Brown, 1988); the laws prohibiting Aboriginal cultural practices such as the “potlatch” that were perceived to be a threat to “civilization” (see Cole and Chaikin, 1990); and the laws preventing them from taking legal actions to pursue their land claims (see Mathias and Yabsley, 1991). These harms, in addition to the land claims struggle, have since animated First Nation justice demands in British Columbia. In the past few decades, courts in Canada and B.C. have meted out
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Unformatted text preview: decisions that acknowledge the continued existence of Aboriginal title. 6 These legal decisions favourable to First Nations justice claims combined with the protest activities of Aboriginal groups to create a situation of uncertainty with regard to the Crowns claim to unencumbered title to B.C. lands. 7 Moreover, this uncertainty impacted negatively on the economic climate of the province, as investors became increasingly reluctant to risk their capital in the province when they faced the prospect of court injunctions or road blockades interrupting resource development activities (see ARA Consulting Group, 1995; Grant Thornton Management Consultants, 1999; KPMG, 1996; Mitchell-Banks, 1998; Price Waterhouse, 1990; Slade and Pearlman, 1998). It was the economic consequences of uncertainty, as much as anything else, that at last brought the provincial government to the treaty table in the early 1990s....
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