Wednesday, November 4, 2009

BC Supreme Court Gives First Nations Right to Sell Catch

After a 6 year legal battle, British Columbia's supreme court ruled yesterday that the Province did not have the legal authority to keep First Nations fishers from selling their catch. In 2003 a group of Vancouver Island first nations bands with over 4,000 members in total filed suit against the province to gain the right to trade in their treaty guaranteed fisheries. The tribes have argued that they have been stewards of the fisheries resources in their territories for thousands of years, and that trading in fish and other marine resources is a part of the fabric of their society. The full extent of the ruling is yet to be decided and will involve extensive negotiations between first nations bands and the provincial government. More info in the National Post

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