Sunday, September 17, 2017

Alberta Government seizes 25 Métis lake whitefish

The Alberta government is apologizing to a Métis community in northern Alberta after fish and wildlife officers seized about 25 lake whitefish at a cultural event aiming to teach the traditional way of smoking the catch.

 “We were all so hurt,” said community spokeswoman Roxanne Powder on Saturday.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers earn in excess of $ 70,000 per year.
She explained the three-day culture camp occurs annually and offers the community a chance to learn about traditional activities, including making dreamcatchers, trapping and hunting.

“This was an unfortunate circumstance" said Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan. "I commit that we will take steps to ensure this doesn't happen again."