B.C. aboriginal leaders meet to talk strategy over historic land claim ruling

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's First Nations leaders are discussing whether they need to resolve their own territorial disputes in order to benefit from a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling.

Every First Nations community in British Columbia is represented at an unprecedented meeting of about 300 in Richmond.

Next month, B.C. chiefs will meet with Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet to discuss the high-court ruling.

In June, the Tsilhqot'in (sill-coh-TEEN') won a decades-long court case that recognized aboriginal title over 1,750 square kilometres of territory in the B.C. Interior.

Cheryl Casimer (cass-ah-mer) of the First Nations Summit says the leaders are trying to reach a consensus on their next steps following that historic victory.

But she says overlapping claims has been identified as a primary issue that allowed for a "divide and conquer" approach by governments in the past.

Organizations: First Nations Summit, Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: British Columbia, VANCOUVER, Richmond

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