Peter A Allard School of Law

Tŝilhqot’in Nation v. BC to Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement - Reflections on Aboriginal Title

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Tŝilhqot’in Nation v. BC to Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement -Reflections on Aboriginal Title.

In June 2014 after decades of litigation, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation won a declaration of Aboriginal title from the Supreme Court of Canada. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of this historic decision, the Haida Nation approved a landmark title agreement with the Province of British Columbia. Join two remarkable Indigenous leaders in conversation about the past, present and future of Aboriginal title in Canada. Chief Roger William (Xeni Gwet’in First Nation) and Guujaaw (Haida Nation) will reflect on the journeys that led to these milestones in Aboriginal title, the significance for their Nations, and what these developments mean for the future of Indigenous legal orders in Canada, and the work that remains to revitalize Indigenous laws and advance Indigenous jurisdiction in Canada.  

A representative from Talon Books will be attending for book sales of Lha Yudit'ih We Always Find a Way - Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home. 

Registration for remote participation will be available soon.

*Eligible for 1.5 LSBC CPD credits.



Guujaaw is a Raven of the Haida Nation, his clan is the Gakyaals Kiigawaay of Skedans, Haida Gwaii. He has been at the inner circles of Haida culture and politics all of his adult life. A trapper with his uncle in his formative years, and like most of his people, he is a hunter, fisher and food gather for living. He has been a carpenter, canoe builder, copper maker, singer and carver.

Guujaaw has a long history as a Rights, Title and Earth Advocate.  He was a founding member and served as the president of Coastal First Nations and spent many years with the Council of the Haida Nation including 13 years as President of the Haida Nation. Today serving as a Hereditary leader, always true to culture and keeping priority for the wellbeing of his people and the earth.

Chief Roger William

Chief Roger William has been Chief for 22 years and Councillor for six years of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government. He was the lead plaintiff in the landmark 25-year court action that gained recognition of Tŝilhqot’in Title, the Tŝilhqot’in Decision. He has also served in the Cariboo Regional District Government for seven years and has served as the Tŝilhqot’in National Government Vice-Chair. In 2015 Roger William was awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Northern British Columbia, for his career work and contribution to Indigenous rights & title. Chief William is a fluent Tŝilhqot’in speaker and lives in Nemiah Valley. He has been an active driver of the Dasiqox Tribal Park initiative since it was announced in 2014, and worked as a Team Coordinator from 2018 to 2023. Chief William has also been on the Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Board since 1989. See his account of the Title case in Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William, Lha Yudit'ih We Always Find a Way - Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home (Talonbooks, 2023)



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