R v. Houle

In Aboriginal Rights/Defences, Fish Cases on (Updated )

This case involved five aboriginal defendants charged with catching and retaining northern pike of a prohibited length while involved in a sport fishing derby. Amongst other things, a defence was raised based upon a right to fish pursuant to Treaty No. 6 of 1876. Upon review the evidence, the court rejected this defence because the defendants fishing activities were not “done for the specific purpose of providing food for subsistence. . .” (para. 56).