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The National Government of Tŝilhqot’in questions the modification of Bill C-21 and its impact on the right to hunt

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The Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) is expressing concern about the Liberal government’s recent amendments to Bill C-21, which adds hunting rifles to the list of prohibited weapons in Canada.

The TNG, which represents the Tŝilhqot’in Nation and Tŝilhqot’in communities in the BC interior, says banning hunting tools limits their ability and right to hunt on their land, which is protected by law.

Last week, Liberal MP Paul Chiang introduced several amendments to the bill after it passed the second reading, including adding long guns to the prohibited 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 “assault-style firearm” or violate the other two rules, including a number of long guns widely used by Canadians. hunters

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

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

“We need answers,” he said.

“We are hunters. Indigenous peoples depend on food from the land for food security, and a hunting rifle is one tool to achieve that. Canada must address these concerns before moving forward with Bill C-21, or it will be called into question “.

Tŝilhqot’in Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse wants the federal government to consider the rights of indigenous peoples to hunt when making changes to federal gun control legislation. (CBC)

Vancouver-Granville MP Taleeb Noormohamed told the Commons committee that hunters are not the intended target, but that the government was focusing on “weapons that should be banned because they have been responsible for taking lives, killing human beings “.

Both the TNG and Alphonse recognized the need to address gun violence in Canada, but said the government must take indigenous people into account.

“We applaud countries like New Zealand and Australia that have dramatically reduced gun violence through gun bans, but any law must take into account the environment in which it exists,” Alphonse said.

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