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Salish Sea Sentinel | February 21, 2020

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Cross-country support for Halalt

Powerful support is coming Halalt First Nation’s way as it awaits the Supreme Court of Canada decision on its leave to appeal application over the Chemainus River aquifer case.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs council has passed a resolution in support for Halalt’s asserting Aboriginal rights to groundwater. The UBCIC has joined the official interveners in the case – BC’s First Nations Summit and a group of Alberta First Nations – in backing the appeal to the country’s highest court.

The Assembly of First Nations has also supported Halalt in the legal battle. Halalt filed its appeal documents to the court in late January. It should take “three or four months” for the court to announce its leave to appeal decision.

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