Legal uncertainty can raise the cost of capital and can kill projects.
The muddy waters of aboriginal land claims and private property rights in British Columbia may have just cleared a little.
The past year has seen a lot of Canadians paying attention to aboriginal land rights.
Adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 made treaty and Aboriginal rights constitutional, though no one knew at the time what that meant. We are gradually finding out as the Supreme Court of Canada develops a new body of law.