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FNT2T supports sustainable level of moose harvesting in Duck Mountains

Treaty 2 Territory – Our Nation and the Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) is responding to the various news releases regarding the low moose populations within our Treaty 2 Territory. Our members have exercised restraint for the last 10 years to contribute to the regeneration of the moose populations in the closures within our territory.

Three successive ministers from the Government of Manitoba have been given a mandate by their Premier to advance shared management with the original people of the territory that states the following, “Advancing a meaningful and respectful approach to shared management that works collaboratively with First Nations, Metis, landowners, licensed hunters, fishers and anglers to provide local communities a greater voice and ensure long term sustainability or our fish and wildlife, forestry and other resources.

“If the Government of Manitoba continues to harass our citizens in harvesting to feed their families than we will take action.  We have declared and are asserting our ancestral and inherent rights in protecting mother earth within our territory through our laws.  The Government of Manitoba has refused to work and meet with us.”- Grand Chief Eugene Eastman, Chief O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi.

On September 3rd, 2020, a letter was sent to the Government of Manitoba informing them that our Nation and Government of FNT2T would be proceeding with a sustainable level of harvest by our members. The 2019 survey results indicate there is a moderate increase of moose within the closed area of the Duck Mountains.

“The Natural World Committee along with the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory shares the frustrations the Government of Manitoba’s inaction in engaging our government in a shared management process that is open, transparent and meaningful. Our inherent rights have been infringed upon for close to a decade and were not accommodated when the closures were enacted. As a result, we notified the Province of Manitoba expressing support for our citizens to sustainably harvest moose in the current areas so they can feed their families during these trying times.”- Chairperson of the Natural World Committee Darren Mousseau

The Government of FNT2T continues to welcome the opportunity to meet and work with indigenous people in our territory to strategize and share information to support ongoing natural world protection efforts of big game populations or any other species to ensure there is a viable population for our seven generations within our territory – Moozoog Wabung (Moose for tomorrow).

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For more information, call the Natural World Circle office at 204.638.3797 or online at www.naturalworld.fnt2t.com – www.fnt2t.com

Closed Game Hunting Areas

CPNW Circle:

Ron Missyabit, NW Circle Keeper – 204.638.3797 Ext 1007 Email: ron.missyabit@fnt2t.com

Shawn Gurke, Mapping/GIS Helper Helper – 204.638.3797 Ext 1006 Email: shawn.gurke@fnt2t.com

Regional Offices:

Darlene Woodhouse, Regional Office Pinaymootang – 204.638.3797 Ext 1008 Email: darlene.woodhouse@fnt2t.com

Scott Lynxleg, Regional Office Dauphin – 204.638.3797 Ext 1009 Email: scott.lynxleg@fnt2t.com

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