Last week the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Sinixt Nation constitutional rights in Canada. Sinixt Matriarch Marilyn James says that’s not enough.

“Actually the autonomous Sinixt here in Canada had already established our hunting rights for the last eight years, and I think that the court case that the Colville Confederated Tribes put forward fell short … they didn’t bother to ask the court about lifting the extinction order,” James told KCR.

Pundits across the country have argued that the ruling constitutes a reversal of the 1956 extinction declaration from the federal government. The Sinixt were declared “extinct” under the Indian Act.

James, speaking from her home in the Slocan Valley, said this ruling doesn’t reverse that declaration.

“It is not a reversal of that extinction declaration.”

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