Indigenous land and resource management rights

As one CBC report says, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "is setting the bar high" with his promises to recognize and implement Indigenous rights, but many have questions about what his government's approach will change. This collection looks at the modern history of Indigenous land and resource managements rights, including some of the more contentious points. Whether involving federal and provincial governments or private land developers, the same tough questions have often emerged at moments of conflict: who owns the land, who benefits from it and who gets to say when, if and how it gets developed?

  • 2018
  • 13-14
  • 21 Titles

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News in Review - December 2020 Lobster Wars: Nova Scotia's Fishery Dispute

Indigenous and non-Indigenous lobster fishers in Nova Scotia are locked in a dispute over the right to fish. Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation say that the Mi’kmaq people are within their rights to catch and sell lobster to earn a “moderate livelihood” as outlined by a 21-year-old Supreme Court decision. But non-Indigenous fishers say they are breaking the law ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/05/2021

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  • NIR-20-12 - PPT - Lobster Wars: Nova Scotia’s Fishery Dispute

  • NIR-20-12 - PDF - Lobster Wars: Nova Scotia’s Fishery Dispute

CBC Docs POV Cottagers & Indians

James Whetung is reclaiming his Indigenous right to cultivate wild rice on Ontario’s Pigeon Lake, but local homeowners are furious about large-scale changes in the waterways — so there’s going to be a dust-up. In this documentary, award-winning author and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor looks at the big issues behind this conflict: food sovereignty, property rights, restricted access to capital ...
  • 2020
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/21/2020

CBC Docs POV The Mill

When the government of Nova Scotia announced that the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility would close on January 31, 2020, it was a huge win for the members of Pictou Landing First Nation. In 2014, a spill of untreated wastewater headed to the facility took place near a Mi’kmaq burial ground, prompting residents to set up a protest blockade that ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2020

The National Indigenous communities divided over pipeline

A group of Indigenous communities want to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline to help alleviate First Nations poverty, while others say the pipeline could leak and poison the water in their communities.
  • 2019
  • 00:07:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/26/2020

News in Review - April 2020 Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

In early 2020, Coastal GasLink started work on a 670-kilometre, multi-billion dollar pipeline project designed to move natural gas from the B.C Interior to the West Coast. That pipeline goes through the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en people. The company claimed it had authority from both the province and 20 First Nations band councils, including five Wet'suwet'en Nation band councils. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/06/2020

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  • NIR-20-04 - PDF - Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

  • NIR-20-04 - PPT - Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

The National Indigenous graves have B.C. landowners pitted against the government

Thousands of sites in British Columbia are believed to be ancient First Nations burial grounds. Some are on private lands, and many Indigenous people believe these sites are sacred. But the government doesn't see the burial sites the same way as registered cemeteries, and that has left all parties frustrated and feeling vulnerable.
  • 2019
  • 00:04:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/02/2019

The National Historic First Nations land claim ruling

The Supreme Court has granted title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in B.C. to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation.
  • 2014
  • 00:04:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/10/2018

The National Justin Trudeau promises Indigenous people more rights

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Indigenous people more rights in Canada, as part of a rethinking of how the federal government approaches the subject. CBC reporter Catherine Cullen looks at how this approach might work on the ground, and Rosemary Barton speaks with Dene leader Georges Erasmus, a former co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).
  • 2018
  • 00:05:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/12/2018