Firms Pledge Individual Consultation With Trappers

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 15:03



The president of a Metis local in Pinehouse says he’s encouraged by the results of a meeting between traditional land users, industry and government yesterday.


About 50 fishers, trappers, and wild rice harvesters met with officials from Saskatchewan Environment to talk about potential logging in their area.


The event was also attended by officials from Kitsaki Management, Zelensky Brothers Sawmill and Northwest Communities Wood Products.


Kineepik Metis Local president Vince Natomagan facilitated the meeting.


He says the traditional land users were presented with three options on how development could proceed — they could say “no” to development, they could allow industry players to do what they wanted, or they could let industry purue development with the caveat that they be consulted along the way.


Natomagan says the traditional land users overwhelmingly chose the third option.


He says industry will now sit with each trapper to identify areas of concern.


Follow-up meetings will also take place.