B.C. gov't, newspapers battle over Nisga'a treaty

Controversy continues over the Nisga'a treaty in British Columbia, where the publisher of 55 community newspapers accuses the NDP government of trying to silence critics of the land deal.

David Black is before the British Columbia Press Council because the provincial government complained about his editorial policy on the treaty.

Black says he's upfront in his opposition to the treaty and it's his right as publisher to set editorial policy.

The government's representative at the hearings, however, calls Black's policy destructive.

Black, in turn, says the province is carrying out a deceitful agenda.

The B.C. legislature is currently debating the pact, which gives the 6,000 Nisga'a title to 2,000 km-sq. of land in the Nass River Valley as well as self-government, fishing and logging rights and about $340 million.