COs Raid Waterhen Residence For Eagle Parts
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 14:32
A member of the Waterhen Lake First Nation is taking issue with Saskatchewan Environment for an early-morning raid on his house last week.
Lloyd Patrick Fiddler says conservation officers and a K-9 unit were looking for eagle feathers, and clearly suspected him of either killing eagles or trafficking eagle parts.
Fiddler says he recently found three eagle feathers and gave them away as gifts, but would never even think of harming an eagle.
He says the raid amounted to a violation of not only his privacy rights, but also his treaty and cultural rights.
Fiddler says the department should have questioned community elders and band leaders about the allegations before proceeding with the raid on his house.