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Wet'suwet'en: Why B.C. is a battleground for Indigenous land rights

As protests over the Coastal GasLink pipeline continue across the country, CBC’s Duncan McCue explains the 1997 Supreme Court Delgamuukw decision and what it tells us about Indigenous title rights.
Demonstrators rally at the B.C. Legislature to support Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs on Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

It's been a week of nationwide protests, blockades and arrests over the Coastal GasLink pipeline planned in traditional Wet'suwet'en territory in northwestern British Columbia. At the core of this conflict is a long-running dispute over who has authority over the land the pipeline is supposed to run through. Today on Front Burner, CBC's Duncan McCue offers a close look at the pivotal 1997 court case that set the stage for this dispute: Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia.

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