The problem of Indian reserve lands in B.C. had existed since that province's entry into Confederation in 1871. Determined to bring the matter to a final settlement, Parliament appointed a joint committee in 1927. The committee concluded that B.C. Natives did not hold title to any lands in the province, on the basis of Aboriginal right or any other grounds. It was recommended that B.C. Natives be awarded $100,000 annually in lieu of the treaty rights they had never negotiated. The continued struggle of the Indians for the settlement of land claims on the basis of Aboriginal title was designated the work of outside agitators. The committee sought to close that avenue of activity by denying permission to B.C. Natives to pursue their land claims in court. The fact that a decision favourable to the Natives in such a case might imperil all land title in that province was a major influence in the committee's judgement. This was a battle in which neither British Columbia nor Canada wished to engage in 1927.

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