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First Nations couple on trial for poaching

A First Nations couple is claiming they’re being “persecuted for being Indian.”

A provincial court judge has ruled they must stand trial for alleged poaching offences in BC.

Jay Coutts and Farah Palmer each face one count of trafficking in wildlife, and Coutts is charged with an additional count of hunting during prohibited hours.

Coutts and Palmer allegedly sold deer meat to undercover conservation officers in Cache Creek.

They’re set to go to trial in September.

The pair is fighting the charges, saying they violate their aboriginal rights.

In a previous hearing, Coutts said Canada’s laws are made “for white people, not native people.”

Coutts says aboriginal people have the right to hunt for food and sustenance, and that he should be allowed to make his living selling deer meat.

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