Subsection 8(3) of the Firearms Act is adapted such that an Aboriginal individual who is less than 12 years old is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess, in accordance with the conditions attached to the licence, a firearm for the purpose of engaging in the traditional hunting practices of the individual’s Aboriginal community.

ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION

 With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is at least 18 years old, paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act is adapted such that a chief firearms officer shall certify, in the prescribed circumstances, such an individual who meets the prescribed criteria relating to the safe handling and use of firearms and the laws relating to firearms.

 With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is at least 18 years old, section 17 of the Firearms Licences Regulations is adapted such that, for the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act, as adapted by section 12 of these Regulations, the circumstances are that

  • (a) the individual is an elder; or

  • (b) the chief firearms officer has received a recommendation from an elder or leader of the individual’s Aboriginal community indicating that, in their opinion, the individual has the requisite knowledge to be certified under paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act, as adapted by section 12 of these Regulations, and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course or the tests that form part of that Course are not available

    • (i) to the individual within a time, after the individual has made the application for a licence, that is reasonable in the circumstances,

    • (ii) in the individual’s community or at a location that can be reached from that community without undue cost or hardship to the individual, or

    • (iii) at a cost that is reasonable in the circumstances.

 With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is at least 18 years old, section 18 of the Firearms Licences Regulations is adapted such that, for the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act, as adapted by section 12 of these Regulations, the criteria are

  • (a) basic knowledge of the safe storage, display, handling, transportation and use of firearms by individuals, including the operation of common hunting firearms; and

  • (b) basic knowledge of the laws that relate to the use of firearms and to the storage, display, handling and transportation of firearms by individuals.

  •  (1) With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is less than 18 years old, the portion of subsection 7(4) of the Firearms Act before paragraph (b) is adapted such that subsection 7(1) of that Act does not apply to such an individual who, in the prescribed circumstances, has been certified by a chief firearms officer as meeting the prescribed criteria relating to the safe handling and use of firearms and the laws relating to firearms.

  • (2) For greater certainty, if an Aboriginal individual has been certified in accordance with subsection (1), subsection 7(1) of the Firearms Act applies to that individual when the individual reaches 18 years of age.