Aboriginal Title and Mining Legislation in the Northwest Territories



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Ruth Thompson
ISBN 0-88880-114-9
1982 32 pp. Softcover

The steady increase in development of non-renewable resources in the Northwest Territories conflicts with the traditional Native economy and with the rights of Indigenous people to Aboriginal lands. Proceeding with the assumption that Aboriginal title did exist in the Territories prior to their transfer to Canada in 1870, this work discusses the source of Aboriginal title, curtailment or possible extinguishment of title after the transfer of the Territories to Canada in 1870, implications of characterizing Aboriginal rights as surface rights, and the effect of mining legislation and regulations on land use and Aboriginal claims in the Territories.