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Bud Sparrow, defendant in major Indigenous rights case, has died – CBC

1990 ‘Sparrow Case’ defined scope of Indigenous fishing rights in Canada

Sep 15, 2020

Bud Sparrow, a major figure for B.C. First Nations who was a defendant in a Supreme Court case that defined Indigenous fishing rights in Canada, has died.

The Musqueam Nation said in a written statement that Sparrow passed away on Sept. 14, and described him as “a quiet, determined and proud member of Musqueam.”

“As a skilled and accomplished commercial fisher, he travelled up and down the west coast of B.C. to provide for his family and community,” the statement read in part.

Sparrow was the defendant in the renowned “Sparrow Case,” which was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990.

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