Québec Innu protest Labrador hunting ban

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Québec Innu protest Labrador hunting ban

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This is almost two months old but I just saw it today.

I wonder if it's related to the Aboriginal protests over the Muskrat Falls project?

Caribou and the Leadership of the Innu First Nations of the Quebec Region

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QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chiefs of the Innu First Nations of the Quebec Region are taking stock of the situation of the George River caribou. On January 28, 2013, the Government of Newfoundland-and-Labrador announced that it is prohibiting the hunting of the Mushuau Atik caribou (George River) in Labrador for a period of five years, including for First Nations and Inuit peoples1.

The Innu First Nations of the Quebec Region have traditional territories in Labrador and have been practicing their traditional activities since before the Europeans' arrival. The Chiefs of the Innu First Nations of the Quebec Region take cognizance of the Government of Newfoundland-and-Labrador's position and in no way endorse this unilateral approach and formally reject any hunting stoppage regarding the Mushuau Atik herd.

"The protection of our political and territorial rights is essential. We are analyzing all the options presently offered to us in order to defend our connection with the caribou", mentions Chief Réal Mckenzie of Matimekush-Lac John.

"The governments have failed in their efforts to manage the caribou and protect our ancestral rights; today, it is time that the First Nations take back their rightful leadership role in the management and protection of the territory and the caribou. Once again, non-Aboriginal governments make decisions that affect Aboriginal peoples without consulting them, which is in violation of their obligations towards them in virtue of the Constitution and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples", according to Vice-Chief Mike Mckenzie of Uashat mak Mani-utenam.

"We have this particular relationship with Atik (caribou) which has allowed the Innu people to survive in Nitassinan for millennia. Therefore, the Innu have the duty to ensure its protection. We must also, by ourselves, identify the means we will take to maintain our subsistence hunting, our food safety and the transmission of our cultural and spiritual knowledge", adds Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho of the Innu Nation of Ekuanitshit

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I'm reading several links (including CBC) that claim the ban is due to a significant decrease in the caribou herd. I'm looking for the most recent response from the Innu of Québec.

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Innu proceeding with caribou hunt: Province says it will prosecute those who violate moratorium  March 11, 2013

That link takes you to a series of stories on the caribou situation, including this one:

10 Native Communities Agree to Caribou Hunting Ban

 

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I gather the PQ government does not recognize the aboriginal rights guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution.  If the Innu are conducting a limited hunt and regulating it then it is not for a provincial government to interfere. FN's and Metis hunting rights have been litigated to death and the government ban in the face of Innu regulation is on the wrong side of all those decisions.

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Indeed.

(from a link above):

"The Innu First Nations of the Quebec Region have traditional territories in Labrador and have been practicing their traditional activities since before the Europeans' arrival."

lagatta

As far as I can see, this has nothing to do with the Parti Québécois governmnt in Québec. Perhaps I'm misreading, but that seems like an odd observation.

 

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No it doesn't (it's a Labrador ban), but it's still a valid general point he made. He should have included "Labrador"  in his post.

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lagatta wrote:

As far as I can see, this has nothing to do with the Parti Québécois governmnt in Québec. Perhaps I'm misreading, but that seems like an odd observation.

You are absolutely right sorry.  Please substitute Nfld for Quebec and Conservatives for PQ.  I was reading about the Innu hunt and thinking Quebec not Labrador.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

As well maybe the mod bosses can put this in the Atlantic section so that when we see Quebec in the title we don't get confused especially when the article is from Quebec City and not Saint John's and the thread says Quebec Innu. 

lagatta

Problem solved - we have an Aboriginal issues board. Innu live in Eastern Québec and Labrador. Mi'kmaq live in the Gaspé, Atlantic provinces, Northern New England. And Mohawk straddle Ontario, Québec and northern New York State.

(sorry for the Eastern examples: kropotkin will be able to come up with many from the Raincoast).

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Yeah, I was thinking "Quebec Innu" when I started this thread, but maybe I should have been thinking geography. My bad.

Well, it's here now. Embarassed

A lot of the stuff I posted today will likely have a tie-in to Idle No More at some time. There's a message to federal and provincial governments: don't screw with aboriginal / First Nation traditional rights.