Pinehouse Trappers In Talks With Forestry Firms

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 15:20



Officials from Saskatchewan Environment are consulting traditional land users in Pinehouse today about potential development in their area.


Trappers, wild rice harvesters and commercial fishers are being invited to ask questions about how future logging activity would impact their traditional way of life.


Representatives from Kitsaki Management, Zelensky Brothers Sawmill and Northwest Communities Wood Products are also scheduled to be in attendance.


Vince Natomagan is the president of Kineepik Metis Local, the group hosting the meeting.


He says outside companies are welcome to do business in the area — they just need to realize that the community needs to be consulted first.


Natomagan says the locals aren’t against economic development, but they will insist that a local land use plan is addressed before any industrial activity is allowed to take place.


He adds someone will be hired in the fall to oversee that process.