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On a glorious day in Vancouver, an overflow crowd milled around in the lobby of the federal courthouse, passing around a bag of summer strawberries.
"I came because this issue really affects Canadian sovereignty," says Jan Slakov, who travelled over from Salt Spring Island to show her support for the Hupacasath First Nation as they bring their case against Canada. "This particular struggle offers an amazing opportunity to connect with First Nations, human rights activists concerned about rights in China and environmentalists. It felt very important to come."