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Kapp ‘Race-Based Fishing’ Case Before Canadian Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments today in a case of illegal fishing on the Fraser River. Sometimes referred to as the Kapp Case, the Court is expected to rule on the legality of aboriginal-only commercial fishing openings. From

At issue is whether the government has the authority to issue early fishing rights to select First Nations, in advance of an open commercial fishery.

The dispute revolves around a decision by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to give three aboriginal groups a 24-hour head start on the sockeye fishing season in August, 1998. reports that the decision is four to six months away.

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