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King vs. Sylliboy, 1928

In 1927 Gabriel Sylliboy was arrested near Port Hastings for hunting muskrat and possessing pelts out of season – offences under the Lands and Forests Act. He was subsequently convicted in a Magistrate's Court. He appealed his conviction to the County Court, arguing that as a Mi'kmaq the Treaty of 1752 recognized the right of his people to freely hunt and fish. The appeal was heard in July of 1928 and the documents presented here constitute the case file for the appeal.

The documents include the testimony of Gabriel Sylliboy and fellow Mi’kmaq Joe Christmas, Andrew Alec, Andrew Barnard, Francis Gould and Ben Christmas in relation to the hunting rights and practices of the Mi'kmaq; and the decision of acting County Court judge, George Patterson, who explored many aspects of the Treaty rights before ruling that the conviction stood. — archival description


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Summons to Malcolm McKenzie, Alexander Gillis and A. A. McInnis to appear 4 July 1928
Date: 1928
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

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Letter from George Patterson of New Glasgow to Allan MacLennan, Clerk of County Court, Port Hood, 07 September 1928
Date: 1928
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

Patterson is sending the court papers and 3 copies of his decision.

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Synsopis of proceeding at Port Hood, 04 July 1928
Date: 1928
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

Witneses are Joe Christmas, Gabriel Sylliboy, Andrew Alec, Andrew Barnard, Francis Gould, Ben Christmas. Also list of document submitted.

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Letter from A. F. MacKenzie, Acting Assistan Deputy and Secretary, Department of Indian Affairs, Ottawa to Colin MacKenzie, KC, Barrister, Sydney, 18 July 1928
Date: 1928
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

Encloses a true copy of the proclamtion of 1763 in relation to the Chief Syliboy prosecution.

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Transcription of Royal Proclamation of 1763
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

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Transcription of 1752 Treaty from A. 50 Colonial Office records
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

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Decision of acting County Court Judge, District 6, George Patterson in Case of King vs. Sylyboy
Reference no.: King vs. Sylliboy, 1928 Nova Scotia Archives RG 38 Inverness County Court Vol. 16

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