Innu caribou hunt sparks debate over territorial and hunting rights among First Nations in Quebec – APTN News

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Innu caribou hunt sparks debate over territorial and hunting rights among First Nations in Quebec – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 18, 202117 Views

‘It’s a file that never took into account the territorial overlaps between the Cree Nation, the Inuit and the Naskapi,’ says chief of Matimekush-Lac John

The Innu community of Matimekush-Lac John in Quebec’s Cote-Nord region recently concluded their annual caribou hunt, except this year the traditional Innu practice is prompting disagreement among other First Nations who share the territory.

In late January, a team of 16 hunters set out on a 12-hour Ski-Doo trip to the Réservoir de Caniapiscau, east of Schefferville near the Labrador border, hoping to cull a total of 300 caribou from the Riviere aux Feuilles herd over a two-week period.

The annual hunt is considered a rite of passage for those embarking on it, braving frigid temperatures and undertaking the physically demanding task of butchering large game.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/innu-caribou-hunt-sparks-debate-over-territorial-and-hunting-rights-among-first-nations-in-quebec/

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