Treaty land admission is just the thin edge of the wedge

The treaty land acknowledgment is part of a very sophisticated strategy to soften Canadians up for a new and radical campaign to rewrite treaties

Treaty land admission is just the thin edge of the wedgeThe governing body of the Ontario Medical Association recently voted down a motion to open its meetings with the currently fashionable acknowledgment that “you are on treaty land.” They were roundly criticized for their effrontery by Indigenous spokespeople. Andre Picard wrote an article in The Globe and Mail thoroughly scolding them and saying that the…

Lack of property rights root cause of on-reserve housing problems

A contributing factor to the deplorable housing conditions may be a lack of property rights on reserve

Lack of property rights root cause of on-reserve housing problemsIn its recent federal budget the Liberal government committed $227 million in 2016/17 to “address urgent housing needs on reserve,” noting that First Nations people living on reserve are “more likely to experience poor housing conditions and overcrowding than the general public.” In fact, according to recently released data from Statistics Canada, in every province…

Aboriginal rights and private property rights clash in B.C.

B.C.'s strong reaction to First Nations' claims to private property may provide assurances to companies and private property owners

Aboriginal rights and private property rights clash in B.C.The muddy waters of aboriginal land claims and private property rights in British Columbia may have just cleared a little. On Jan. 15, the B.C. government stated its opposition to the Tk’emlups and Skeetchestn bands’ aboriginal title claim on land currently owned by private citizens and mining company KGHM- Ajax, saying it will "vigorously oppose…

Rights are the key to First Nations citizenship

We now know for certain that the collective ownership premise is false

Rights are the key to First Nations citizenshipJoseph Quesnel, in his recent column for Troy Media, has opened one of the most important discussions of our time: are property rights a salvation for First Nations or part of a sinister Conservative plot to bring them under the rule of market forces? Quesnel accurately attacks the popular myth that property rights are black…

Misunderstanding leads to First Nation opposition to Property Ownership Act

First Nations, Canada have more in common when it comes to property rights than first thought

Misunderstanding leads to First Nation opposition to Property Ownership ActOpposition to the federal government’s plan to transfer title to reserve lands from the Crown to a First Nation government may be based on a misunderstanding of how property rights actually work in Canada. Under the proposed First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA), once land title is transferred to a First Nation government that government…

Property rights dispute takes a short break in Alberta

But that is likely to end once the provincial budget fades from the news

Property rights dispute takes a short break in AlbertaAmid the current focus on provincial red ink, one issue has slipped off the public radar screen in Alberta: Property rights. The lack of attention is understandable given the nearness of the provincial budget and the province’s poor finances. But until recently, property rights, and more broadly land-use issues (which involve regulation of both private…