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Ottawa halts native fishery

Court had ruled race-based fishery violates Charter; Sto:lo vow to defy closure

By Petti Fong and Larry Pynn, with files from Peter O’Neil

The department of fisheries and oceans cancelled the controversial native-only commercial fishery on Tuesday, one day after a provincial court judge struck down the program, calling it “offensive” and “racial discrimination.”

But defiant Sto:lo natives on the lower Fraser River pledged they will continue selling their fish to the public this weekend despite the cancellation and the provincial court ruling that the fishery violates the charter of rights.

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