With the proposed trespass to property act introduced by the Saskatchewan legislature this week, there is at least one group that is concerned with what it could lead to.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron is worried that it may cause increased racial tensions if someone of an opposite race were caught trespassing, referencing the death of 22 year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie.
Justice minister Don Morgan said the proposed law would balance the rights of landowners and public. The proposed legislation provides legal protection for rural landowners against property damage from a trespasser.
However, Cameron said it would be cumbersome for farmers, ranchers and other agriculture professionals who use First Nations lands and roads to call chief and council every time they need to proceed on that land, and that it’s unfortunate that First Nations groups were not consulted.
NDP critic Trent Wotherspoon added that the new trespass legislation won’t address what it aims to do, which is prevent rural crime.