first_imgThe province will review a Supreme Court of Canada decisionreleased today, Nov. 18, that says governments have an obligationto consult with Aboriginal groups when their interests areaffected. The ruling came from a logging dispute between theHaida of British Columbia and Weyerhaeuser, a multi-nationallogging company. An official said the Nova Scotia government will consider itsnext steps after departments have had a chance to fully reviewthe court’s decision. In Nova Scotia, overall discussions on Aboriginal and treatyrights are already underway. “Nova Scotia hopes to achieve fair and reasonable resolution oftreaty and related issues through negotiations in order to builda new relationship with the Mi’kmaq,” said Aboriginal AffairsMinister Michael Baker. An umbrella agreement — signed in 2002 — committed theprovincial and federal governments and the Mi’kmaq to work towarda process of consultation. Under that agreement the three parties also agreed to begin theprocess of negotiations on Aboriginal and treaty rights. “We are pleased with the progress that has been made in getting anegotiation process in place,” said Jamie Campbell, Nova Scotia’schief negotiator. “Negotiators are currently developing aframework agreement which will outline the process and the topicsfor negotiations.”last_img read more