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Judge quashes province’s approval of Whistler’s community plan – Vancouver Sun

Ruling declares consulation with First Nations was not adequate

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has quashed the province’s approval of an official community plan for Whistler, declaring that the municipality’s consultation with First Nations was not adequate.

“I conclude the Minister (of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) has failed to fulfill the Crown’s duty of consultation with the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations prior to the Minister’s approval of the OCP,” Justice Bruce M. Greyell wrote in his ruling.

The province had a duty to consult and accommodate the area First Nations, say Lil’wat Nation officials.

Although the municipality of Whistler had consulted with the Lil’wat and Squamish nations on the community plan before the Minister (Bill Bennett) signed off on it, the petitioning First Nations argued the process was inadequate, said David Dorrans, director of Lands & Resources at Lil’wat Nation.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Judge+quashes+province+approval+Whistler+community+plan/9908323/story.html#ixzz33mmmxkk7

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