March 13, 2015 - 11:43 AM
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - A B.C. First Nation is one step closer to exerting control over its territory in the wake of a historic Supreme Court of Canada decision last year.
The Tsilhqot'in Nation and the province say they've had constructive talks in recent months on how to implement the court ruling and they've announced several interim agreements.
The Tsilhqot'in became the first band in Canada to win title to its land, located west of Williams Lake in the B.C. Interior, in the high court's decision last June.
The new agreements deal with issues including guide outfitters, emergency and wildfire response, road maintenance, and land access for private property owners.
Talks are expected to continue between the nation's leaders and the B.C. government to hammer out a permanent agreement.
The landmark court ruling gave the nation the right to exclusively use, occupy and economically benefit from the land, as well as the ability to determine how it is used.
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