Friday, March 23, 2012 | Categories:
Red Real Estate
The Nisga'a are a small First Nations band in British Columbia, who are set to become the first aboriginal people in Canada to sell off their land.
Twelve years ago, they became the first band in Canada to sign a modern treaty, which gave them a measure of self-government; they no longer live on a reserve. Private land ownership is being held out as the answer to chronic poverty on reserves across the country, and the Nisga'a are being touted as privatization's poster child. Robert Doane and Betsy Trumpener of the CBC in Prince George, B.C., traveled up the Nass Valley to talk with the Nisga'a about their hopes and fears for the future. Our documentary is called "Red Real Estate", and it's part of the CBC's 8th Fire project.