Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Indigenous Leader Hopes for Another Court Hearing on Hunting Rights

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Indigenous Leader Hopes for Another Court Hearing on Hunting Rights

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Court battle may continue over hunting rights

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WINNIPEG - The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is hoping for another court battle over indigenous hunting rights.

Last week, two men from the Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful hunting on private property near Canora, Sask.

Charlie Boucher, who is chief of the First Nation, and Georgie Lamirande were each fined $7,500.

Government officials say that in Saskatchewan, people exercising treaty rights to hunt for food must ask for prior permission to hunt on private land.

But Grand Chief Derek Nepinak with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says the government has obligations under treaties to accommodate indigenous rights.

Nepinak says he's been told the men cannot appeal because they pleaded guilty, but talks are underway to find a legal avenue to reaffirm hunting rights. …

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