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Métis land claim could spark ‘reset’ in relations between Indigenous people and government, says prof – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201994 Views

Ken Coates says negotiation is far better for all parties than expensive, protracted court battles

Oct 17, 2019

University of Saskatchewan professor Ken Coates hopes this week’s massive Métis land claim will spark a change in the relationship between governments and Indigenous people.

Métis people from Saskatchewan and Alberta filed a 120,000 square-kilometre land claim in Saskatoon court Wednesday.

Coates, a Canada Research Chair in the U of S Johnson-Shoyama graduate school of public policy, is an expert in Métis and First Nations economic development. He said Indigenous people have won most recent court battles over rights and resources and that governments and society will eventually realize it’s better to negotiate and settle things out of court.

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