11 Dec Land registry changes fall short, natives say: While new legislation makes it easier to start development, band also wants right to collect property transfer tax (The Globe and Mail)

The federal government moved yesterday to make it easier for native bands to undertake large-scale commercial development on reserves by permitting the establishment of land registry systems that give comfort to investors.  But the Squamish Nation in British Columbia, which wants to develop prime real...

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11 Dec Aboriginal fisheries decision to be appealed: Ruling affirmed Vancouver Island First Nations’ right to catch and sell fish (The Globe and Mail)

The federal government will appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a Vancouver Island First Nations people's right to catch and sell fish, says a federal justice department spokesperson.  The ruling last month dismissed the Nuu-chah-nulth people's claim to aboriginal title to their fishing...

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07 Dec Bolivian president to deepen social revolution (BBC)

President Evo Morales seems set to push ahead with the implementation of a new constitution to place indigenous peoples at the heart of Bolivia's government and society after his victory in Sunday's presidential election.  A poor result for the opposition suggests an easier passage for...

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