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Native logging rights denied


July 20, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The CBC recently reported on a ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada which confirms that aboriginals in…

The CBC recently reported on a ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada which confirms that aboriginals in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia do not have a treaty right to commercially log Crown lands without a permit. According to the CBC, aboriginal leaders had hoped a ruling in their favour would work to moderate their economic dependence on the government. On the other side of the argument, forestry companies expressed concern that the benefaction of such rights would send the industry into an uproar.

A treaty signed in 1760-1761 gave aboriginals the right to log Crown lands without a permit. However, as the CBC delineated, Ottawa maintains that the type of logging being carried out by aboriginals in the 1700’s is not the same type of activity being carried out today.

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