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Westbank First Nation hospital likely unconstitutional

The Westbank First Nation's plans to build a private hospital in the Okanagan will likely be challenged by the federal government, according to one constitutional expert.

The 100-bed, state of the art hospital is scheduled for construction later this year on reserve lands in West Kelowna, and it will serve both paying patients and First Nations people.

This news has raised a host of constitutional questions.

The band says its self-goverment status means it doesn't need to consult with other levels of government to get the project up and running, but one expert says the hospital is likely unconstitutional and could face a court challenge by the federal government.

Gordon Christie is a UBC law professor and the Director of the First Nations Legal Studies Program. He's looked at the issue and explained his findings to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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