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Vancouver Observer’s grizzly trophy hunt investigation hits legislature

“Is this how the BC Liberal government shows they are committed to Aboriginal reconciliation with First Nations, by ignoring their hard-fought rights?” asks NDP of Liberals on grizzly hunt.

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Big Momma grizzly bear - John E. Marriot

'Big Momma' grizzly bear in B.C.'s interior.  Photo by John E. Marriot.

'No one ever updates anything in this ministry'

The NDP then followed with an additional question, starting with an edgy government e-mail published in the Vancouver Observer last month:

“It’s curious because the Minister’s own wildlife biologist Pat Dielman in 2013, Dec.7, said — ‘the problem is, no one ever updates anything in this ministry.  We draw an arbitrary line based on a best guess and it remains fixed for 30 years. That’s the best science this minister has?”

“Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chair of the Tshilqot’in Tribal National Government said: 'I don’t care if the hunt is on or off title lands, or to the east or the west of the Chilko River. The Supreme Court victory proved that government has a duty to consult with us.’"

“Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William says, and I quote, 'There’s been no proper consultation.'”

“Just weeks ago, Madam Speaker, the Premier blindsided Treaty Nations and their federal partners by musing about blowing up the treaty process. Now they are trampling over the Tshilqot’in Aboriginal Title and Rights.” 

“How is this getting any closer to reconciliation with Aboriginal people and First Nations in this province?”

Standing again, Minister Thomson said: “As I stated, consultation did take place on the amendments to the grizzly bear hunting regulations in that area. Consultations with First Nations did take place."

"And the decision was made on the best available science in terms of conservation first, and uh, First Nations, uh, principals, and First Nations needs around cultural food for wildlife in the area.”

Our grizzly hunt journalism was also featured in live radio chats on Media Mornings and CFAX in Victoria - have a listen:

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