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Calling All Lawyers




"The #Sens say they'll acknowledge they play on the ancestral, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people at every home game from now on."

This Tweet from CBC has been rattling around in the back of my head for a while.

First, please do not misunderstand my sympathies. I do believe that indigenous peoples have been shafted of their rights under treaties signed in good faith and that politicians ever since have used all means available to them to not only passively minimize the enjoyment of those rights, but to actively persecute and suppress indigenous peoples. I support indigenous rights and know they are not being treated properly, morally or under the law.

I am simply wondering what kind of legal mess individuals in public positions, like Ministers, MPs, Senators, MLAs, etc..., and high profile organizations put themselves in by repeating the "unceded" part?

I know that there is an established belief that the lands were unceded. And I know that negotiations are happening in Eastern Ontario respecting the final disposition of extensive tracts of land.

I also know, from watching Bryan Murray especially, that tipping your hand publicly makes for poor negotiating positions.

Anyone with a better grasp of law have a take on this?

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