FSIN chief wants meeting with premiers over seized moose meat

Some First Nation chiefs are calling for a meeting with the Saskatchewan and Manitoba premiers over their treaty rights to hunt moose.

Treaty 4 gives indigenous people right to hunt in parts of Sask. and Man.

Newly-elected FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron (CBC)

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.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak say hunters are being harassed and bullied by Saskatchewan authorities who don't understand their treaty right to provide food for their families. 1:09