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U.S. Sinixt have hunting rights in Canada, court rules – Revelstoke Times Review

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201782 Views

March 28, 2017

Sinixt hunter Richard Desautel was acquitted Monday by a provincial judge of hunting without a licence as well as without being a resident.

Desautel is a resident of Washington State, but was charged in B.C. after killing an elk near Castlegar in 2010.

Judge Lisa Mrozinsky, following a three-week trial in Nelson last fall, found that Desautel has an aboriginal right to hunt for food, social and ceremonial purposes in the Sinixt traditional territory in Canada. She also ruled that the B.C. hunting laws he was charged with are an infringement of that right.

“Tradition and honour, and the history of where we came from was the basis of the decision,” Desautel said outside the courthouse after the decision.

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