SPPA Prof. Frances Abele, CFNG Senior Associate Satsan (Herb George) and Catherine MacQuarrie, IPAC’s senior executive in residence, Indigenous Government Programs, proposed the gathering and moderated most of the sessions.

Indigenous Communities Governing Themselves

By Dan Rubinstein
Photos by Chris Roussakis

In 2002, after a series of logging blockades drew international attention to the destruction of the old-growth forests on their traditional territory, the Haida Nation filed a case with the Supreme Court of Canada, claiming full title to the land and waters surrounding Haida Gwaii— an archipelago off the coast of British Columbia.

That legal challenge will finally be heard in a few months, but over the last 15 years, while gathering evidence to support their argument, the Haida have not sat back and waited for the federal government to determine their fate.

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