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Indigenous identity at core of Qalipu trial in St. John’s – SaltWire

by ahnationtalk on January 26, 2023360 Views

Final arguments are to be heard next week

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Testimony has wrapped up, but observers across the country are interested to see what comes of a court case in St. John’s involving a group of Mi’kmaw residents whose memberships in the Qalipu First Nation were revoked when a new point system was brought in to reassess applications.

Summary statements by lawyers for the six plaintiffs and two defendants — the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and the Government of Canada — will be heard Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Wednesday, Feb. 1.

As a study in how Indigenous identity is argued and legislated in the modern era, the case has captured the attention of Indigenous groups and advocates across the country, some of whom say it could set a precedent.

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