The appeal, scheduled for four days, is also expected to hear submissions from members of the Blood Tribe and Siksika First Nation.
The first day of an appeal has begun in a Medicine Hat courtroom, as local Metis fight for hunting rights. Defence lawyers are calling it the first true Aboriginal hunting rights case in Alberta.
Back in December, Garry Hirsekorn was convicted of hunting out of season in the Cypress Hills, as a provincial court judge ruled there was not enough evidence of historical Metis settlements around the South Saskatchewan River.
Constitutional arguments rejectected six months ago are once again being entered. Defence lawyer Jean Taillet suggested Metis rights cover the former Northwest Territories, which up until the late 1800s, included what is now all of Alberta.
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