Justice minister says Quebec Innu refused to meet

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Justice Minister Felix Collins told reporters this morning the province has tried many times to meet with Quebec Innu leaders about illegal caribou hunting on the Labrador side of the border.
The last attempt was on Saturday, the day the Innu planned to start taking animals.
About 150 hunters from Quebec have set up a camp on the highway near a closed hunting zone - created to protect the endangered Red Wine caribou herd.
There are only 87 caribou left of that herd.
Animals from the migratory George River herd are now moving through the closed area, but the animals cannot be told apart by sight.
The Innu are conducting the hunt to protest the New Dawn Agreement signed between the province and the Labrador Innu last week, after months of negotiations.
The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the Innu people, is necessary before the proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric project can go ahead.
The Quebec Innu say they should have also been consulted.

Geographic location: Quebec, Labrador, Red Wine George River

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  • Notta chance
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Go up to Labrador and arrest the whole bloody lot of them...Charge them with whatever infractions have been made. This CAN be enforced and should!! Period

  • I. P. Freely
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    He mustn't have used the right bait.

  • joe crow
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    once they kill all the close ones they wont venture far for any more, if the white guys stopped buying meat from them they will go right back on welfare ahain. maybe we should give them back all the land take away the guns quads and skidoos and let them have it all, how long would they be self sufficient with sticks and rocks and noe of the white mans stuff it never ends, hard to believe its so laughable and discusting

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    These Innu poachers should be arrested immediately without question.

  • Fed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I am completely fed up with these people. Since when does NL have to consult with Quebec Innu or Quebec anybody with what goes on in NL. If we want to develope our resources or protect them for the good of all the people of Newfoundland And Labrador that is our business and ours alone.
    Personally I say to tell these Innu to mind their own business and send them packing back across the boarder to Quebec or arrest the whole lot of them.
    I find it amuesing how the Labrador Innu are so quiet all of a sudden. It's their resources and way of life that the Quebec Innu are threatening. Once those animals are gone they are gone for good for everybody. Remember that.
    We're after bending over that far backwards now to please these people we can kiss our ankles. No more enough is enough.

  • Gord
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    There has never been or never will be a government who knows what to do with these people. The Innu have less respect for wildlife and nature than the old companies and that's saying something.

  • John Q
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    ''These people,'' Gord? Why is it everytime there is a story on Native people, the RACISTS come out of the woodwork?

  • CB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I find it difficult to tolerate ignorant opinions from people who don't really give a hoot to find the truth in something.

    Comments such as the one above from Gord have a total lack of knowledge of the native people of our land. If only, honesty was prevalent, respect was mutual and all concerns were genuine, then we may move forward together!

  • Manuel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    The second they step into the Province of newfoundland and Labrador, they should be arrested.
    Armed police should be there. They are carrying firearms into Newfoundland and committing illegal acts. If this were us going down the highway shooting a moose we would loose everything we had with us at the time, be placed in jail and fined several thousands of dollars.
    If these indians arent arrested then its a clear cut case of discrimination and favoritism. But being an Indian they will get away with it again and nothing will be done. Poor indians they had their way off life stolen. Well as far as im concerned go back in the woods and stay there.
    From one Indian to another you make me sick and you should be thrown in jail to let rot.

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    They're just looking for a bigger welfare cheque. Last year when they threw rocks and ropes at spinning helicopter blades with their children as well, they should have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and their kids removed for child endangerment. Whether they know it or not, and most likely they do, throwing a rock at spinning blades may send one of those rocks somewhere like a bullet. Could easily kill someone. Foul and disable the blades and you risk the lives of people in and around the chopper. I'v been in mre than a few myself and know the difference. This isn't protest, this is criminal activity, and if needed get the militia involved and sort out this problem. In a civilized society this is completely unacceptqable and serious charges should be laid. and followed through on. You or me do similar and we are going to get prison time. Equality!!!

  • Pearl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Quebec Innu says it all. It's another attempt by the opportunist Quebec to put another stranglehold on the development of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. Just watch Quebec. This project will only happen if Quebec wants it to and it will not happen unless Quebec gets something back in return. And Quebec keeps moving, moving and moving.

  • Gen X
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Treat them the same as any poacher. They are NOT above the law because they are Inuit. (Yes, Inuit). Arrest the works and thats that...

  • Leonard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    dont be so quick to judge people i as an innu think we done what we could to protect but i still say the caribou is a caribou they migrate difeerentl but they are all the same as human are they would move to place to place no matter what you call the red wine herd theyre like humans too if they dont want to be part of the herd they go theyre separate ways like any animals does so these caribou are not a new species just caribou only difference is the migration root caribou tend to miggrate were food is plentyful

  • Notta chance
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Go up to Labrador and arrest the whole bloody lot of them...Charge them with whatever infractions have been made. This CAN be enforced and should!! Period

  • I. P. Freely
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    He mustn't have used the right bait.

  • joe crow
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    once they kill all the close ones they wont venture far for any more, if the white guys stopped buying meat from them they will go right back on welfare ahain. maybe we should give them back all the land take away the guns quads and skidoos and let them have it all, how long would they be self sufficient with sticks and rocks and noe of the white mans stuff it never ends, hard to believe its so laughable and discusting

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    These Innu poachers should be arrested immediately without question.

  • Fed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I am completely fed up with these people. Since when does NL have to consult with Quebec Innu or Quebec anybody with what goes on in NL. If we want to develope our resources or protect them for the good of all the people of Newfoundland And Labrador that is our business and ours alone.
    Personally I say to tell these Innu to mind their own business and send them packing back across the boarder to Quebec or arrest the whole lot of them.
    I find it amuesing how the Labrador Innu are so quiet all of a sudden. It's their resources and way of life that the Quebec Innu are threatening. Once those animals are gone they are gone for good for everybody. Remember that.
    We're after bending over that far backwards now to please these people we can kiss our ankles. No more enough is enough.

  • Gord
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    There has never been or never will be a government who knows what to do with these people. The Innu have less respect for wildlife and nature than the old companies and that's saying something.

  • John Q
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    ''These people,'' Gord? Why is it everytime there is a story on Native people, the RACISTS come out of the woodwork?

  • CB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I find it difficult to tolerate ignorant opinions from people who don't really give a hoot to find the truth in something.

    Comments such as the one above from Gord have a total lack of knowledge of the native people of our land. If only, honesty was prevalent, respect was mutual and all concerns were genuine, then we may move forward together!

  • Manuel
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    The second they step into the Province of newfoundland and Labrador, they should be arrested.
    Armed police should be there. They are carrying firearms into Newfoundland and committing illegal acts. If this were us going down the highway shooting a moose we would loose everything we had with us at the time, be placed in jail and fined several thousands of dollars.
    If these indians arent arrested then its a clear cut case of discrimination and favoritism. But being an Indian they will get away with it again and nothing will be done. Poor indians they had their way off life stolen. Well as far as im concerned go back in the woods and stay there.
    From one Indian to another you make me sick and you should be thrown in jail to let rot.

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    They're just looking for a bigger welfare cheque. Last year when they threw rocks and ropes at spinning helicopter blades with their children as well, they should have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and their kids removed for child endangerment. Whether they know it or not, and most likely they do, throwing a rock at spinning blades may send one of those rocks somewhere like a bullet. Could easily kill someone. Foul and disable the blades and you risk the lives of people in and around the chopper. I'v been in mre than a few myself and know the difference. This isn't protest, this is criminal activity, and if needed get the militia involved and sort out this problem. In a civilized society this is completely unacceptqable and serious charges should be laid. and followed through on. You or me do similar and we are going to get prison time. Equality!!!

  • Pearl
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Quebec Innu says it all. It's another attempt by the opportunist Quebec to put another stranglehold on the development of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. Just watch Quebec. This project will only happen if Quebec wants it to and it will not happen unless Quebec gets something back in return. And Quebec keeps moving, moving and moving.

  • Gen X
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Treat them the same as any poacher. They are NOT above the law because they are Inuit. (Yes, Inuit). Arrest the works and thats that...

  • Leonard
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    dont be so quick to judge people i as an innu think we done what we could to protect but i still say the caribou is a caribou they migrate difeerentl but they are all the same as human are they would move to place to place no matter what you call the red wine herd theyre like humans too if they dont want to be part of the herd they go theyre separate ways like any animals does so these caribou are not a new species just caribou only difference is the migration root caribou tend to miggrate were food is plentyful