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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 CTVNews.ca:

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.

CKNW.com reports that the decision is four to six months away.

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