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Cabin seized by Sask. gov’t ‘integral’ to trapper’s way of life, First Nations leaders say, urging its return – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 202092 Views

Province says cabin in hands of contractor; asks trapper to choose new spot

Feb 20, 2020

First Nations leaders are calling on the Saskatchewan government to return the cabin of a northern trapper in the province so he can continue living a traditional way of life.

Indigenous ​​​​​​trapper Richard Durocher learned of the seizure of his cabin, originally located about 40 kilometres north of Pinehouse, Sask., after a contractor hauled it away in early February.

Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said the province should put it back and grant him full access to his trap line. The province’s Ministry of Environment maintains that despite the cabin seizure, “there are no restrictions on Mr. Durocher accessing his trap line.”

“Many members from our First Nations still rely on their inherent and Treaty right to hunt, fish, trap and gather for their sustenance and health,” Cook-Searson said in a written statement.

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