Repeating Islands

The traditional chief of the Algonquian people has symbolically adopted members of Canada’s Haitian community living in his traditional territory, a vast expanse stretching as far west as Saskatchewan and as far south as North Dakota. The article, published in the Ottawa Citizen, asks, “But what does that really mean?” Apparently, this opens up a legal can of worms regarding limitations to the rights of the Algonquians and transferability of these rights. See excerpts below:

For Pascale Annoual, 50, who was born in Haiti but now lives in Montreal, the adoption means that those Haitian-Canadians now have the same hunting and fishing rights and ability to cross freely into the U.S. as members of Canada’s First Nations. A nice notion, perhaps, but legally one that holds little water, says an expert. Canada has given aboriginals special rights, Richard Van Loon said, but the government has believed those rights cannot…

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