What are the Aboriginal Adaptations all about with respect to firearms?
With the Firearms Act, there are the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms) that apply to Red Sky Métis Independent Nation members. These Adaptations were developed to help ensure that the new firearms laws are implemented in a manner that respects the traditional lifestyles of Aboriginal Peoples and the Aboriginal and treaty rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. To this end, the Aboriginal-specific regulations set out particular factors that your Chief Firearms Officer must consider when evaluating and processing your licence application.
Who qualifies for Adaptations?
Some sections of the Firearms Act and Firearms Licences Regulations have been adapted for Canada’s Aboriginals who meet the following criteria:
- They must be an Aboriginal Person of Canada (First Nation, Inuit, Métis or a beneficiary under a land claims agreement referred to in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982), and
- They must belong to an Aboriginal community, and
- They must engage in the traditional hunting practices of their community.
Red Sky Métis Independent Nation members qualify for these Adaptations.
How do I know if I should apply for my licence under the Aboriginal Adaptations Regulations?
If you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions then you should consider applying for your licence under the Aboriginal Adaptations Regulations:
- When making your licence application:
- do you need to make an oral, as opposed to written, statements?
- do you need to use an interpreter to help you because you do not speak English or French?
- Do you take part in the traditional hunting practices of your community, but expect that your application for a licence might be refused or have conditions attached to it (e.g., criminal record for violent behaviour)?
- Are you an Elder applying for a firearms safety certificate without taking the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?
- Are you an adult (but not an Elder) applying for a firearms safety certificate without taking the Canadian Firearms Safety Course because:
- the Course is not available to you within a reasonable time, or
- at a reasonable location, or
- at a reasonable cost?
- Do you take part in the traditional hunting practices of your community, but you are under 12 years of age?
Red Sky Métis Independent Nation members are eligible to apply for their licence under these Adaptations.
How do I begin?
*some of this material was originally presented in “An Introduction to Canada’s firearm law for the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: questions and answers about the Firearms Act, Regulations and support material” issues by the Canadian Firearms Centre, July 1999.