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Tribe Sues Canada for Control of Its Children


VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - In what could be a coup for aboriginal self-government in Canada, the Splatsin First Nation has taken British Columbia to court, claiming the province's child welfare legislation is unconstitutional and does not apply to the tribe.

The Splatsin aka Splatsin te Sepwepemc and its Chief Wayne Christian aka Kukpi7 Wunuxtsin claim in B.C. Supreme Court that tribal laws and legal orders have long tasked its local communities with "the responsibility to make decisions in respect of the protection and care of children."


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