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Legal opinions destroyed says Union of BC Indian Chiefs

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs alleges that a federal government bureaucrat ordered the destruction of legal opinions over the potential of B.C. First Nations to reach land-claim agreements.

The allegations come days after a former B.C. government worker alleges he was told to delete emails connected to the Highway of Tears investigation into murdered and missing women that were part of a Freedom of Information request.

Union Grand Chief Stewart Phillip claims a federal access to information request shows a director with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada ordered the destruction of the legal opinions.

Phillip says the union has filed a formal complaint with the Office of the information Commissioner to investigate the destruction of the emails.

Neither the Information Commissioner of Canada nor a spokesperson at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada were immediately available for comment.

B.C.’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has launched an investigation into the provincial allegations that were filed under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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