Long delays have plagued efforts to establish mining in the region.
The treaty process in British Columbia recently received a major setback as a community in southern B.C. put its treaty implementation processes on hold.
First Nation sues paper company in B.C. after court opens door for litigation against private parties
With more than 100 per cent of B.C. claimed by First Nations, expect more suits in the future.
Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld an earlier B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that will allow the Nechako Nations to bring forward a damages claim against Rio Tinto, an aluminum industry giant.