Two neighboring B.C. First Nations involved in dispute over land

The Tahltan Nation in northern B.C. is concerned about a recently announced protected area declared by its neighbour – the Taku River Tlingit.

The Tlingit declared the Taku River, which spans about 1.8 million hectares, an Indigenous protected area to preserve their way of life.

But the Tahltan took issue with some of the land included in the claim. They say the Shesley River area is part of their traditional territory and they did not give consent.

Neither Nation made anyone available to speak to the issue Friday.

In a news release, the Tahltan said they will meet with their neighbour to discuss the opposition in hopes of keeping a positive relationship.

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