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Lawyer applauds court’s decision regarding Sinixt hunting rights

A lawyer representing the Sinixt First Nation says a the recent dismissal of a Crown appeal by a BC Supreme Court judge validates much more than their hunting rights.

Mark Underhill with Vancouver law firm Arvay Finlay LLP says the decision demonstrates the strength of Aboriginal identity.

Last week a judge upheld an earlier decision allowing the Sinixt to hunt in Canada.

Underhill says the decision means “everything” to the Sinixt.

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The decision stems from an incident in 2010 when a Sinixt man was charged after he was found hunting elk near Castlegar.

The area falls within traditional Sinixt territory but they had been declared extinct in Canada since 1956.

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