Following a landmark court decision on Aboriginal Title last June, the Tsilhqot’in Nation and the BC Government are taking the first steps toward transferring 1700 square kilometres of land over to First Nation management.
Both the province and the Tsilhqot’in admit it will be a complex process, but they’ve started out with some interim understandings and practices for this year.
Private property owners and current tenure holders will still be able to access the Title lands and existing guide outfitters will be able to operate within and overlapping the Title lands.
The TNG and Xeni Gwet’in have authorized the extension of current guide outfitter licences for one year to provide certainty for the upcoming season, although there will be no increase to guiding quotas compared to the previous season.
No other hunting activities have been authorized in the Title lands.
Emergency and wildfire response and road maintenance will be maintained for 2015 as well.
The Supreme Court of Canada granted Aboriginal Title to the Tsilhqot’in in June of last year, the first time the courts have granted Title to a large section of land outside a reserve.
The BC Government and Tsllhqot’in are working on permanent arrangements for the Title lands through ongoing discussions.