Title and statement of responsibility area
Supporting Court Materials
General material designation
- Multiple media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1984 - 1997 (Creation)
- Delgamuukw Trial
- British Columbia
- Delgamuukw Trial Conclusion December 11, 1997
Physical description area
Textual records and other materials.
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The results of the Delgamuukw v. British Columbia Trial are considered a turning point in treaty negotiations, land use policy, and the recognition of the legal concept of Aboriginal title. The case concluded on December 11, 1997, and the Supreme Court of Canada observed that aboriginal title is an ancestral right protected by the Constitution Act of 1982. The action was brought forward by the 51 appellants, all Hereditary Chiefs either of the Wet’suwet’en Nation or Gitxsan Nation, and who individually or on behalf of their Houses and its members, claimed one or more separate specific portions of the 133 individual hereditary territories in Northwest British Columbia, totalling 58,000 square kilometres.
Scope and content
Series consists primarily of evidence presented by expert witnesses and background research materials that the lawyers used in the Delgamuukw Trial case. There are mainly submissions by the Defendants, including affidavits, maps, Department and Ministry annual reports, extracts from various news sources, census documents, and historical materials relating to the land claim area in British Columbia. Transcripts of cross-examinations, data sheets, proclamations and ordinances, Land Title Office documents, and early settlers' correspondence are also included.
Immediate source of acquisition
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Language and script note
Some of the documentation of early settlers' correspondence are in French.
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Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
Some Estate files are restricted as set out in the court order as “Schedule C”. See Item-level Inventory
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Materials may not be redistributed. Research or Personal use must be indicated. Photocopies for research must be stamped.