Federal court upholds rights of Musqueam to be consulted



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - Today the Federal Court of Canada issued a
critical ruling upholding the rights of the Musqueam Indian Band to be
consulted regarding the sale of Sinclair Centre and 401 Burrard St., both
downtown Vancouver office and retail complexes located in Musqueam's
traditional territory. The Court ordered the Government of Canada not to
continue with its planned sale of the buildings to Larco Investments Ltd until
it had discharged its duty to consult with Musqueam.
    Without having adequately consulted with Musqueam, the federal government
decided to proceed with the sale of the buildings as part of a $1.6 billion, 9
building sale/lease back initiative as part of the Government's plan to sell
off its real estate holdings across Canada.
    In order to protect its rights in the buildings, the Musqueam applied for
a court injunction against the sale and was successful in its application.
Similar applications to restrain transfers of lands held by the federal and
provincial governments in Musqueam's traditional territory have also been
successful in the case of the Garden City and the UBC Golf Course lands.
    This is another important victory for the Musqueam people and all First
Nations as we continue to fight to have our legal right recognized and
respected by all government departments and agencies. Our preferred option is
to negotiate a reconciliation of the Crown's rights and those of the Musqueam
in our traditional territory. Unfortunately, in this case, the Crown's refusal
to have meaningful negotiations left us no alternative but to go again to
court.





For further information:

For further information: Chief Ernest C. Campbell, (604) 833-5799; Jim
Reynolds, General Counsel, Musqueam Indian Band, (604) 263-3261

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