Photo: Peel Watershed Ruling Seen as Precedent-Setting

Photo: Peel Watershed Ruling Seen as Precedent-Setting



This week’s featured image of Peel Watershed is inspiring because the Yukon Supreme Court ruled in favor of First Nations rights and the protection of the pristine, fragile Peel Watershed from mining.

“This is precedent-setting because it supports, at law, that the final land claim agreements supercede territorial legislation,” said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a statement after the December 2 ruling. “These agreements were negotiated over many years between the parties and agreed upon. They are part of the Canadian Constitution and therefore protection is provided and prohibits others to override the authority of First Nation governments.”

RELATED: Indigenous Leaders Applaud Peel Watershed Court Ruling as Precedent-Setting

This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter.

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