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ROSEAU RIVER RESERVE, MAN. — ‘Well, why else are you here?” Chief Terrance Nelson shoots back. “I doubt The Globe and Mail would send you out to talk about Roseau River’s housing problems,” he says with a smirking laugh.

Mr. Nelson is a roiling mixture of bluster, determination, suspicion and contempt. He knows that the media loves controversy, and he isn’t afraid to stoke it in order to get the country’s attention.

His has been the most militant voice about the June 29 national day of action called for by the Assembly of First Nations. “There’s only one way to deal with a white man. You either pick up a gun or you stand between him and his money,” he is now famous for saying. Canadians should be “damn nervous,” he warns.

Mr. Nelson likes to point out. “Canada stands to lose up to $200-billion shaved off the GDP, and the economy won’t recover until 2009,” he boasts of the day of action’s potential impact.

“Let me ask you a question,” he says, leaning back in his swivel chair. “Is it easier to bring native people to where Canadians are at economically or to bring Canadians down to where we’re at? And then you’ll find out what the hell it’s like … You have everything to lose. That’s why you’re really afraid,” he says, leaning forward and chuckling lightly.

“The worst thing that could happen is for June 29th to fizzle, because then people will look at that and say, ‘See? The Indians just run away. All they do is threaten. All we have to do is show them who is boss.’ ”

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OTTAWA — Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said his government will likely appeal a major court ruling that would expand the number of aboriginals qualifying for services by hundreds of thousands.

“I expect that the decision will be appealed, although that decision has not yet been made,” Mr. Prentice said. “The [B.C. Supreme Court] decision is a significant one and it is reasonable to expect that the final decision will have to be made at a higher appellate level.”

The appeal would come in spite of recently released internal documents showing Ottawa has been fighting the issue in court fully expecting to lose.

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An historic challenge to the Nisga’a Treaty in British Columbia will begin tomorrow.

Chief Mountain, hereditary Nisga’a chief Sga’nisim Sim’augit (also known as James Robinson), and Nisga’a matriarch Nisibilada (also known as Mercy Thomas), will appear before the B.C. Court of Appeal on Thursday June 14 to argue that their constitutional claim deserves to go to trial, and should not be dismissed on purely procedural grounds, as was done in the past.

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VANCOUVER — One of the most prime pieces of real estate in the country, home to one of the oldest public golf courses in the city, is expected to be handed over to the Musqueam Indian band as part of a controversial land-claims agreement.

If the deal for the 120-acre University Golf Club goes ahead, constituents in Premier Gordon Campbell’s upscale west-side riding, which encompasses the land, will be forced to take some kind of action, one former University of British Columbia official predicted yesterday.

some of the university’s top patrons have been tipped off and have quietly begun to mobilize forces to fight the move when it is officially announced next month.

The Musqueam have laid claim to vast tracts of the city, including land on which the University of British Columbia and University Golf Club sit. The land is some of the most valuable property in the country.

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