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B.C. tables legislation to recognize ‘historic’ title of Haida Nation

Legislation translates ‘Rising Tide’ Haida Title Lands Agreement into provincial law
Premier David Eby, Haida Nation Council President Gaagwiis (Jason Alsop), Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin and Haida Nation Council Vice-President Stephen Grosse (not pictured) signed the “Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang ‘Rising Tide’ Haida Title Lands Agreement” in Haida Gwaii on April 14, 2024. On April 22, Rankin tabled legislation that would translate the agreement into provincial law.(Government of B.C./YouTube)

An historic agreement between B.C. and Haida Nation is one step closer to becoming law in British Columbia.

Haida Nation Council President Gaagwiis (Jason Alsop) said legislation tabled Monday (April 22) recognizes and honours the “truth” of Haida history, his people’s relationship with Haida Gwaii and the history of British Columbia with Haida Gwaii.

“This act and this work is an acknowledgement of the past denials and the harms and fully embracing this truth we all know,” he said during a speech, whose conclusion drew a standing ovation.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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