Tŝilhqot’in National Government questions Bill C-21 amendment and its impact on hunting rights IG News

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The Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) is raising concerns about the Liberal government’s recent amendments to Bill C-21, which adds hunting rifles to the list of guns banned in Canada.

The TNG, which represents the Tŝilhqot’in Nation and Tŝilhqot’in communities in B.C.’s interior, says the ban on hunting tools limits their ability and rights to hunt on their lands, which by law is protected.

Last week, Liberal MP Paul Chiang introduced a number of amendments to the bill after it passed the second reading, including adding long guns to the banned list.

The amendment also prohibits a large number of semi-automatic firearms that do not have detachable magazines and do not meet the definition of an “assault-style firearm” or violate the other two regulations, including those widely used by Canadians. There are many long guns to be made. Hunter.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that gun control legislation is being reviewed to ensure that it does not target lawful gun use.

In a news release, Tŝilhqot’in Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Jo Alphonse questioned the lack of consultation with indigenous groups before making the amendment.

“We need answers,” he said.

“We are hunter-gatherers. Indigenous peoples rely on food from the land for food security, and a hunting rifle is one tool to accomplish this. Canada needs to address these concerns before moving forward with Bill C-21. needed, or it will be challenged.”

Tilhokot’in Nitsil’in (Chief) Joe Alphonse wants the federal government to consider the hunting rights of Indigenous peoples when making changes to federal gun control legislation. (CBC)

Vancouver-Granville MP Taleb Noormohamed told a Commons committee that hunters are not the intended target, rather, the government was “focusing on banning weapons because they are responsible for taking lives – killing human beings.”

TNG and Alphonse both acknowledged the need to address gun violence in Canada but said the government should take Indigenous peoples into account.

“We applaud countries such as New Zealand and Australia which have dramatically reduced gun violence by introducing gun bans – but any legislation must take into account the environment in which it exists,” Alphonse said.


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