IPLP Outreach

Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group

Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr., with the assistance of IPLP students and staff, is representing the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group (which consists of six First Nations in British Columbia, Canada) on a Petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Right. The Petition was filed in May 2007 and includes a request for precautionary measures to avoid immediate and irreparable harm to Hul'qumi'num traditional lands and resources caused by the Canadian government's ongoing violation of the Hul'qumi'num peoples' rights to property, culture and equality of the law, as protected by the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man. The Commission has agreed to hear the merits of the petition. Download a PDF for more background information on this case.

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Media Coverage

Indian Country Today, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hear Hul’qumi’num land claim, by Gale Courey Toensing, February 5, 2010
http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/archive/83031877.html

Cowichan News Leader Pictoral, Hul’qumi’num treaty could total $1 billion, by Patrick Hrushowy, January 29, 2010
http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/cowichannewsleader/lifestyles/82840412.html

CBC Radio Program, As it Happens, January 5, 2010
http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/

Globe and Mail article, Ottawa must defend human rights record regarding B.C. treaty, by Justine Hunter, January 3, 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/ottawa-must-defend-human-rights-record-regarding-bc-treaty/article1417718/

Ladysmith Chronicle article, First Nations group allowed to pursue rights complaint, by Stephen Thomson, December 7, 2009
http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/ladysmithchronicle/news/78775577.html

CTVGlobemedia television coverage, Human Rights Group Investigates Land Claims, December 2, 2009
http://www.atv.ca/victoria/news_70876.aspx

Times Colonist article, Rights group to investigate native land claims, by Judith Lavoie, December 2, 2009
http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/Rights+group+investigate+native+land+claims/2293224/story.html

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial article, Tribunal to hear precedent-setting case charging Canadian human rights violations, by Krista Siefken, December 01, 2009
http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/cowichannewsleader/news/78276937.html

Ladysmith Chronicle article, Government responds to rights complaint, by Stephen Thomson, March 31, 2009
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/31Mar09_govtrespondstorightscompalint_chronicle.pdf

Times Colonist article, Island First Nations take land complaint to international body, By Judith Lavoie, March 24, 2009
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/24Mar09_complaint_to_intl_body_timescolonist.pdf

Nanaimo Daily News article, Treaty members meet over rights
International human rights body offered to oversee discussions, By Robert Barron, March 24, 2009
http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=e4e773c6-9d66-4100-98a4-1b93d33897da

Canada makes its case for treaty process at international hearing, by Krista Siefken - Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial - March 24, 2009
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/24Mar09_CanadaMakesitsCase_newsleader.pdf

B.C. natives take complaint to international group
Globe and Mail, 29 October 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/globeandmail_29Oct08.pdf

Natives to take human-rights protest to U.S. commission
Victoria Times Colonist, 27 October 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/times_colonist_27Oct08.pdf

HTG takes complaint against Canada to international tribunal
Cowichan News Leader & Pictorial, 24 October 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/Newsleader_OAShearing_24Oct08.pdf

Cowichan elder speaks at international hearing
Cowichan News Leader & Pictorial, 28 October 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/newsleader_luschiim_oas_28Oct08.pdf

First Nations claim 200,000 hectares of E&N trail
Nanaimo Daily News, 31 October 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/nanaimo_dailynews_31Oct08.pdf

Native group awaits ruling on human-rights complaint
Victoria Times Colonist, 02 November 2008
http://www.hulquminum.bc.ca/pubs/times_colonist_OAS_02Nov2008.pdf