‘An Indescribable Moment’: Indigenous Nation in US Has Right to Lands in Canada, Court Rules


In 1955, after the Sinixt were pushed down into Washington State, the Canadian government declared them extinct.

On Friday, Canada’s highest court agreed, ruling that the members of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State were successors to the Sinixt, and, as a result, that they enjoy constitutionally protected Indigenous rights to hunt their traditional lands in Canada.

The closely watched court decision settled longstanding questions over the status of the Sinixt, but it also has the potential to affirm hunting rights in Canada for tens of thousands of Native Americans living in the US dispossessed of traditional territories by an international border drawn hundreds of years ago.

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The Guardian