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Extinct’ Canadian First Nation wins in court again – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 3, 2019194 Views

B.C. Court of Appeal upholds Sinixt rights

May 02, 2019

A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government over 60 years ago has won yet another court battle to have its existence recognized — this one in the province’s highest court.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld Rick Desautel’s right to hunt in Canada, even though he is an American citizen and his First Nation, the Sinixt, was declared extinct by the federal government in 1956.

In 2010, Desautel travelled to B.C. from his home in Washington state to shoot an elk and alerted B.C. Conservation officers to what he had done. He was then charged under the Wildlife Act with hunting without a licence and being a non-resident.

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