Tahltan Agree to Meet with Minister to Resolve Wildlife Management Issues

by NationTalk on October 15, 20092373 Views

Dease Lake, British Columbia: The Tahltan Nation responded positively to a request from Minister Penner to send his Assistant Deputy Minister to Tahltan Territory to seek a resolution of the wildlife management issues in Tahltan Territory, and to meet with the Minister after that to address any outstanding issues. The meeting with the Assistant Deputy Minister is being planned for October 21, and with the Minister during the week of October 26.”The meeting with the ADM has to lead to concrete and tangible outcomes,” said Annita McPhee, Chair of the Tahltan Central Council. “We are expecting the ADM to have a full mandate to commit to real resolutions for the short and long-term,” she added.

Despite trying for many years to engage the Provincial government to address wildlife management issues in Tahltan Territory, the immediate and long-term concerns of the Tahltan People have not been addressed.

Over the last number of weeks the Tahltan People have set up wildlife management gates at different places in their Territory to help manage aspects of wildlife hunting.

“The Minister requested that the wildlife management gates be taken down prior to the meeting. As an expression of good faith, and in the hope that next week’s meetings will yield real results, the Tahltan People have indicated that they will take down the wildlife management gates prior to the arrival of the ADM,” said Ms. McPhee. “The ball is now in the Province’s court. After many years of inaction it is time for the Province to take our concerns seriously and collaborate with us on real change. Our Elders have led the way of this matter every step of the way, and our People will be watching very closely what comes out of the meeting next week,” she added.

For additional information contact:
Annita McPhee, Chair, Tahltan Central Council
Tel: 250-771-3274

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