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Lawsuit over Indigenous hunting and fishing rights argues treaty should go in the trash – CBC

by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2018202 Views

Suit wants Robinson-Huron Treaty declared invalid and Algonquin territory recognized

Feb 08, 2018

A lawsuit filed on behalf of 40 Indigenous hunters and fishermen in the North Bay area could have wide reaching implications.

It claims the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, which covers much of northeastern Ontario, is invalid, because the people who signed it had no right to give away someone else’s homeland.

The suit was filed earlier this month on behalf of Algonquin hunters from the Sturgeon Falls area and commercial fishermen from the nearby Nipissing First Nation.

The hunters were charged by provincial conservation officers in years past for hunting outside of their traditional territory, which under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, belongs to the Anishnabek or Ojibwa people.

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