Supporters of the indigenous Wet’suwet’en Nation’s hereditary chiefs march as part of protests against BC’s Coastal GasLink pipeline [File: Andrej Ivanov/Reuters]

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada and the British Colombia (BC) provincial government that charts a path towards negotiations on Aboriginal title, the latest move in a dispute that gripped parts of Canada earlier this year

The deal was struck in February and signed in a videoconference event on Thursday. Under the agreement, Canada and BC will immediately recognise that Wet’suwet’en rights and title are held by the nation’s house groups “under their system of governance”. They also commit to begin negotiations on legal recognition of Wet’suwet’en title to their 22,000 square kilometres of traditional territory.

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