Supreme Court hears arguments on time limitations to bring claims of treaty obligation breaches

 By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Supreme Court of Canada was told Oct. 12 by the Blood Tribe and numerous First Nations interveners that barring claims based on breaches of the Crown’s treaty obligations because of provincial limitation periods was not furthering  reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. “By retroactively recognizing in order for the Crown to avoid a claim on the basis of the limitation period, I submit that is just not in keeping with section 35 (1) at all. This court needs to come to grips with the history of the common law’s deficiencies in an effort to achieve the goals of reconciliation. The common law was deficient. It didn’t allow the enforcement of this specific treaty right because it wasn’t recognized as statute,” said Gary Befus, legal…

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