Province’s legal statement in the works

  • Dec. 30, 2002 1:00 p.m.

Lawyers for the province have not yet filed a statement of defence in response to the Council of the Haida Nation’s claim to the islands.
Cindy Rose, a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Attorney General, said it’s not clear when the statement of defence will be filed, but cautioned that it may take some time as it is a complex case.
The CHN filed a statement of claim in mid-November in BC Supreme Court, setting out its claim to aboriginal title of Haida Gwaii and the surrounding ocean. The CHN is also seeking compensation for unlawful occupation of the islands, and the quashing of all permits and licences issued by the provincial and federal governments without accommodation with the Haida Nation.