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Alternative Sentencing For Hunting Charges

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JULY-AUGUST 1994      v23 n06 p14  
As the piece are being put into place for a First Nations Justice System, the Provincial Government has indicated that it is supportive of the development of a system under First Nations jurisdiction which can deal with hunting, fishing and trapping violations.

First Nations will have the opportunity to design an alternative system to deal with those who violate Provincial Wildlife Regulations/Law, based on First Nations Law and the protection of Treaty rights which will be fully recognized in the future.

A system whereby sentencing will be determined by First Nations for First Nations will facilitate more effective policing and protection of Treaty Rights, while promoting the development of First Nations Law and the administration of Justice by First Nations; the cornerstone of self determination.

Moreover, a First Nations Justice Administration will likely be a more effective deterrent than the current system in dealing with abuse of Treaty Rights and in correcting the behaviour of those who violate First Nations laws.

Both orders of government, Canadian and First Nations, agree that public education regarding the need for wildlife and environmental protection and conservation of resources will do much to prevent violations of First Nations and/or Federal/Provincial Law. Thus, prevention, conservation and safety information programs will be an essential component of this initiative and will be developed as a parallel initiative alongside the formalization of a First Nations Justice system.

This public education initiative may include safety training; information on First Nations/ Provincial/Federal wildlife management philosophies and regulations; training and employment of First Nations Integrated Resource Management Officers; Provincial Conservation Officers on Treaty rights and First Nations traditional wildlife practices and law.

First Nations traditional resource and wildlife management practices are based on similar philosophies to the non-Indian systems, although there are fundamental differences.

Compatible philosophies include conservation of the species for future generations.