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Unceded Territory Vs Ceded Territory (Opinions Appreciated)

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Unceded Vs Ceded


Unceded Territory

= No treaty Signed

= Permission Required from the First Nation Government Involved.

= No Pipeline, No Mining, No Fishing, No Farming, Etc...without First Nations Permission.


Ceded Territory

= Treaty Signed

= Permission Required from BOTH First Nations and Second Nations Government. (According to individual treaties signed)

=  No Pipeline, No Mining, No Fishing, No Farming, Etc... without BOTH First Nations and Second Nations Permission (According to individual treaties signed.)


(The above is my own interpretation,

correction is always appreciated.)


"The Royal Proclamation of 1763 decreed that First Nations should not be disturbed in their use and enjoyment of the land. It also declared that only the Crown could acquire land from First Nations, and only through treaty-making. The Royal Proclamation set the framework for negotiation based on co-operation rather than conquest.

Treaty making soon became the main mechanism for defining the relationship between First Nations and other Canadians.

However, the last of the historical treaties was signed in 1923. At that time, the federal government made it a criminal offence for a First Nation to hire a lawyer to pursue land claims settlements.

Consequently, treaties were never concluded with First Nations in some parts of Canada, including most of BC..."


(The above quote is from the Government of Canada website link)

Fact Sheet: British Columbia Treaty Negotiations



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