FSIN chief wants meeting with premiers over seized moose meat
Treaty 4 gives indigenous people right to hunt in parts of Sask. and Man.
The chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling for a meeting with premiers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan over the right to hunt moose.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said there is a need to discuss treaty territories and rights that have been raised in recent weeks.
On Dec. 15, Saskatchewan officers seized moose meat from two homes on Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba. The moose was hunted on Pine Creek's traditional territory, which crosses the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
However, the First Nation is covered by Treaty 4, which was signed more than 100 years ago and covers part of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.
The treaty gives indigenous people the right to hunt, trap and fish in their traditional territory. The treaty also states that the right is subject to regulations made by the government.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has also made a request for a meeting to discuss the issue.
Chief Derek Nepinak wrote an open letter to premiers Brad Wall and Greg Selinger. The FSIN was copied in the letter, prompting them to launch the current request.