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The Battle for Indigenous Treaty Rights

The Battle for Indigenous Treaty Rights

The Story


It's a battle over the land and its resources. The fight has taken place on the land, in the courts and in the media. When government and Indigenous groups signed treaty agreements over a century ago, neither side imagined the repercussions. Canada's Indigenous people say treaties have been ignored and their rights -- from logging trees to fishing eels -- have been limited. In the 1980s, frustration grew and failed negotiations turned into roadblocks and deadly confrontation.