Canada

Judge rules provincial laws do not apply on reserves

A provincial court judge has ruled that provincial laws do not apply on Indian reserves. The decision involved the case of a man accused of selling wild meat.

A provincial court judge has ruled that provincial laws do not apply on Indian reserves. The decision involved the case of a man accused of selling wild meat.

A provincial resource officer arrested a man on a reserve north of Regina two years ago after buying several deer. The man did not want to sell the animals at first, but later sold four deer for $40 each.

On Friday a provincial court judge acquitted the man, saying provincial laws do not apply on reserves.

The man's lawyer, Donald Worme, says the ruling does not mean anyone can sell wild meat, whenever or wherever they want. "This does not give people carte blanche," he says.

Rather, Worme says the decision shows federal and First Nations rules will regulate activity on reserve.

Crown prosecutors are not sure whether they'll appeal.

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