Surface Rights in the Dasiqox Tribal Park

Just months the June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada decision granting partial title to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s land claim, the communities of Xeni Gwet’in and Yunesit’in, with support form the Tsilhqot’in National Government, declared another traditional area, just beyond the granted claim, as the Dasiqox Tribal Park. The surface area of the new park contains a barrier to Tsilhqot’in self-governance in the form of an undetermined amount of mineral claims staked under the mineral tenure system of British Columbia. In cooperation with (and as a contribution to) the work of Fair Mining Collaborative, this post-doctoral project will achieve three things: 1) examine the evolution of mineral tenure in a new social and legal environment, including through the creation of an inventory of mineral tenure in the Dasiqox Tribal Park; 2) contribute to the design and implementation of a governance framework for the new park, in light of these changes, using Tsilhqot’in traditional values; 3) contribute to FMC’s work drafting recommendations for new mineral tenure law in BC.

Faculty Supervisor:

Terre Satterfield


Dawn Hoogeveen


Fair Mining Collaborative


Environmental sciences


Environmental industry


University of British Columbia



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