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Unprecedented aboriginal title court decision exposes private parties to litigation previously only brought against governments


An unprecedented Supreme Court decision, allowing two B.C. First Nations to file for damages against aluminum industry giant Rio Tinto, could have dire implications for economic development projects across the country, concludes a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think tank.

"Simply claiming aboriginal title is now enough to bring forward litigation against private parties — litigation that was previously only brought against provincial and federal governments," said Ravina Bains, study author and associate director of aboriginal policy studies at the Fraser Institute. more

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