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Hul’qumi’num human rights claim takes another step

The Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group has been granted a merits hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

It is the first Canadian group to get this far in the IACHR process.

HTG took its concerns about the Canadian government — citing the uncompensated seizure of ancestral territory for the benefit of private forestry and development corporations on the island — to the IACHR in 2009.

The IACHR is an arm of the Organization of American States, which Canada has been a member of since 1989.

The HTG, meanwhile, had previously been granted a hearing on the issue of admissibility, and now moves on to the merits hearing on Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C.

The commission will make a final ruling based on merits.

 

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