The Council of the Haida Nation, the province of BC and Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. are all heading to Ottawa next week, where the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the “TFL 39” case March 24 and 25.
The case ended up in front of the Supreme Court after the province and Weyerhaeuser appealed a BC Court of Appeal decision which found that both parties have a duty to consult and accommodate Haida interests with regards to logging activities in the Tree Farm Licence, which covers a quarter of Graham Island.
CHN vice-president Arnie Bellis said there will be at least 15 Haida citizens travelling to Ottawa for the case, as well as delegations from other First Nations in BC. Port mayor Dale Lore, an intervenor in the case, will be there to support the Haida Nation, as will Masset mayor Barry Pages.
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