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May 12, 2021
54 defendants admit to hunting and fishing violations, but say law is invalid
A trial that could have far reaching implications for Indigenous people across Canada has resumed in North Bay this week.
There are 54 people on trial in a virtual courtroom based in North Bay, charged with violating Ontario’s hunting and fishing laws, as well as the commercial fishing laws of Nipissing First Nation.
Eight of the defendants are commercial fishermen from Lake Nipissing and the remaining 46 were charged over the last 15 years with various hunting and fishing violations in the general area between Sturgeon Falls and Mattawa.
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