Treaty still valid

Year Published:  1990
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX4106

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a 230-year old treaty giving Hurons in Quebec the right to exercise their customs is still valid. In a unanimous decision, the judges said that the treaty signed in 1760 is still in effect and that the province cannot prosecute Hurons for practicing native customs that violate provincial park laws. The case involved two brothers who had been charged with fishing. According to Native leaders, the decision strengthens their legal rights and lays the groundwork for several other court
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