Metis Hunting Ruling Unclear on Subsistence Issue

Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 16:45




The question of what last week’s Supreme Court ruling on Metis hunting rights means to Northern Saskatchewan residents is still far from settled.


Dave Phillips of Saskatchewan Environment says few details were made available by the ruling as to who qualifies as a subsistence hunter.


He says the Powley ruling focus more on who qualifies as a Metis person, and not enough on whether someone who wants to shoot a moose for the meat is afforded the same rights as someone living solely off the land.


Phillips says Saskatchewan Justice is working with his department to determine just exactly how the decision will be enforced in the province.


He expects to know more in the coming weeks.