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Grassy Narrows First Nation a predictable decision: Queen's University expert

2014-07-11

University Global Development Studies professor Bob Lovelace can comment on the recent Supreme Court decision upholding Ontario’s logging rights on First Nation’s land. The Grassy Narrows First Nation in Northern Ontario has lost the fight to force the provincial government to obtain federal approval before permitting logging on its lands.

“The Supreme Court of Canada today released a predictable decision in regard to Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources), that is to dismiss Grassy's appeal,” says Professor Lovelace, a retired Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief. “To have done otherwise would have been to undermine the colonial principles of the right to oppress. Colonial Canada depends upon a fundamental power differential encoded in historical treaties and constitutional legislation which affords First Nations with only the right to be recognized, consulted and then ignored. Under the present constitutional framework this case should have been dismissed as frivolous in the early stages.”

Please note Professor Lovelace is only available for phone interviews.

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