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Mill River appeal raises wider issue of Aboriginal rights over private land, lawyer says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 13, 2019136 Views

Case scheduled for P.E.I Court of Appeal May 14

May 13, 2019

The appeal by the Mi’kmaq of P.E.I. over the sale of Crown land in Mill River could have wider implications for how Aboriginal land claims are settled in the future — including land currently owned by private homeowners, says the lawyer representing the First Nations.

The province sold the land in western P.E.I., which included the Mill River resort, golf course and related properties, to businessman Don McDougall in 2017. The Mi’kmaq challenged the sale in P.E.I. Supreme Court, claiming the province had not met its constitutional duty to consult with First Nations on the sale of Crown land.

Last June, the Supreme Court dismissed the challenge saying government met, and exceeded, its duty to consult.

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