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  • paul
    March 03, 2013 - 16:04

    the Innu want to take 150 animals out of estimated 20,000...that's less than 1% and likely less than the margin of error in the population estimate. if that harms the herd, then the herd is doomed and nothing can help it...and I do see why the Innu are frustrated that they are expected to stop hunting while there is no slow down of other industrial activities that are known to have an impact on the herd. if this herd dies off, it will not be because of the Innu's 150 animal hunt this year.

  • Kev
    March 03, 2013 - 10:23

    Nflders are going to row out to this year's "food fishery". Right?

  • YGR - the problem
    March 03, 2013 - 10:20

    YGR - agree that those who break the law should be arrested. But, your comment saying that it does not matter is wrong. It does matter when commenters are accusing the wrong aboriginal group of breaking the law. I'm sure you would not appreciated it if people were accusing your family of breaking the law (because of plain, old ignorance) when it was in fact your next door neighbours doing so.

  • YGR
    March 03, 2013 - 10:00

    It doesn't matter who killed them. The point is that they were killed illegally and the hunters should be arrested, whoever they are. A lot of us don't know the difference between Innu and Inuit and neither does the dead caribou.

    • W McLean
      March 03, 2013 - 14:02

      Actually, yeah, if you're going to toss around loaded comments, it kind of does matter.

  • ROY - accurate knowledge needed
    March 03, 2013 - 09:51

    The ignorance regarding aboriginals and aboriginal issues in this Province is astounding. ROY - Innu are First Nations, completely different from Inuit. Labrador Inuit have not hunted George River caribou this year and recommended a 2 year moratorium on hunting prior to the Province implementing any sort of ban. Your 'dirty, suspicious' mind needs to also get up to speed on very basic knowledge... knowledge that a grade 5 student should already have. Your local library would be an excellent start.

  • Sean Lyall
    March 03, 2013 - 09:38

    Roy- Your "dirty suspicious mind" don't know the difference between Innu and Inuit. Simeon Tshakapesh is an Innu leader, not Inuit. Sheshatshiu isn't an "Eskimo" community, it's Innu, no one uses the term "Eskimo" anymore by the way.

  • GP
    March 03, 2013 - 09:12

    When will you people learn the difference between Innu and Inuit. Please keep your comments to yourself until you do.

  • Nick
    March 03, 2013 - 07:15

    Kind of "to little , to late". The caribou are dead. The meat will rot while this gets bantered back and forth in the courts. Where were the authorities when the hunt was on.Standing on the sidelines watching. If the government wanted to make a point, they should have arrested the first person to take a shot at the herd.

  • Fred from Brigus
    March 03, 2013 - 04:01

    Looks like it would have been cheaper to buy meat at the supermarket. Can someone come up with the total cost of thi fiasco and who paid for it.

  • John
    March 02, 2013 - 14:58

    Roy, I think you have the aboriginal groups mixed up. It's the "innu ppl of sheshatshiu" who are out hunting the caribou. It's not the Inuit. The Inuit has nothing to do with innu nation- they are two completely different groups. Innu nation and Indians, and Inuit are Eskimos.

  • labrador eskimo
    March 02, 2013 - 14:42

    roy we the inuit of labrador are following the ban unlike the INDIANS get your facts straight before you go pointing fingers at inuit its the innu/indians of labrador defying the ban n no were not the same ppl we have whole different cultures

  • roy
    March 02, 2013 - 10:46

    This is interesting, there is a total ban on caribou hunting, Randy Simms was very outspoken on the issue of the inuit saying they would defy the ban and hunt, now Randy has retired after the inuit leader said he would accept nothing other than Randy being fired. Randy appoligized. not accepted Vocm appoligized and Randy retired and we have a plane load of caribou delivered to an eskimo community. Do you think they knew Randy was retiring and had the caribou derivered for celebration? " NO" i have a dirty and suspicious mind,"oh" by the way did you notice there was no space for comments on Randys retirement but space for all other news items in the vocm section Just my dirty suspicious mind at work again . I sincerely appoligise and won't make comments on anything again. I wish Randy all the best on his retirement.

    • W McLean
      March 02, 2013 - 13:25

      Roy: Please learn the difference between Inuit and Innu. Thank you.

    • Sara
      March 02, 2013 - 17:14

      Dear Roy, it's Innu not Inuit. Are you from Newfoundland? Take a history lesson. Two different groups of people. Simeon Tshakapesh is Innu. Not Inuit

    • Sheldon
      March 02, 2013 - 21:29

      The "Inuit" aren't defying anything. Tshakapesh is not an "Inuit" leader. This is not an "Eskimo" community. They're Innu. INNU. Go read a book

    • Danny
      March 03, 2013 - 06:44

      Roy, if you are ever going to comment again, please get your facts straight... this is about incidents relative to an Innu village and the Innu (probably know to you as Indians) and the not the Inuit (the word Eskimo is not longer used to refer to "The People")... please do your homework and brush up on your knowledge of and learn about the distinctive difference among the Innu and Inuit of Labrador.

    • Dan
      March 03, 2013 - 07:17

      It was actually the "innu" leader of Natuasish Randy had words with, NOT the "inuit", at no time have the inuit said they will defy the ban. As for the "a plane load of caribou delivered to an Eskimo community"(very poor choice of words) the plane actually went to an "Innu" community NOT an "Inuit" community.

    • Lab in NL
      March 03, 2013 - 09:35

      Get your facts straight there Roy, the plane brought caribou to an INNU community, it was INNU leaders that said they would continue to hunt and it was an INNU leader who talked with Randy Simms. The INUIT put a ban on hunting caribou before the NL Government did and they have vocal for conservation. The INNU and INUIT are two very distinct different peoples and it boggles my mind why people who live in this province cant get that straight. Also, watch the use of the eskimo, its considered derogatory by most Inuit in Canada.

    • Lab in NL
      March 03, 2013 - 09:35

      Get your facts straight there Roy, the plane brought caribou to an INNU community, it was INNU leaders that said they would continue to hunt and it was an INNU leader who talked with Randy Simms. The INUIT put a ban on hunting caribou before the NL Government did and they have vocal for conservation. The INNU and INUIT are two very distinct different peoples and it boggles my mind why people who live in this province cant get that straight. Also, watch the use of the eskimo, its considered derogatory by most Inuit in Canada.

  • gerry
    March 02, 2013 - 10:01

    Our plane is chartered every day,” says Froude. “I don’t question anybody (on what they’ll use the plane for) … it’s none of my business.”....bulls**t: if his plane's cargo hold had bricks of heroin, bales of marjuana in plain view, or God-forbid, a dismembered bloody cadevar in a leaking duffel bag in the plane's cargo hold, it would be none of his business?? Bullsh*t...The govrnment is trying to conserve the numbers of a depleting cariboo herd. If the herd is truly decreasing dramitically, then, in my uneducated opinion, for any individual to say it's their cultural right to keep hunting a decimated animal herd is irresponsible at best, immoral at worst, and only cheapens & denigrate the honourable cause of those who say they are custodians of the land.....in my opinion, the government should just cut off all funding to any individual, organizations et al who continue to break the law....

  • Francis
    March 02, 2013 - 09:41

    Just like their ancestors, living off the land. B.S. These guys wouldn't be able to survive today if they had to live off the land as their forefathers did. Time to stop this insanity. If they want to hunt and fish, let em be like the rest of us and get licences and abide by the them.

  • Will Cole
    March 02, 2013 - 09:08

    Decimated caribou herds being hunted to the brink of extinction using high-powered rifles with telescopic sights, GPS, satellite phones, quads, ski-doos, pickup trucks, spotter planes, hunter fly-in/fly-out, carcass airlifts from herd wintering grounds. And then the Innu claim they are merely exercising their "traditional" hunting rights? What a farce. When are the authorities going to put a stop to this disgraceful charade once and for all?

  • holy smokes
    March 02, 2013 - 08:34

    “Our plane is chartered every day,” says Froude. “I don’t question anybody (on what they’ll use the plane for) … it’s none of my business.”........a lot of fellas who were flying in drugs say the same thing....SOME are in jail....good luck with THAT argument... Neither Froude nor Michelin could confirm or deny if caribou was aboard their plane. Both insist their company did nothing wrong...... Innu Nation Grand Chief Prote Poker has claimed the delivery of caribou was organized by the Innu Nation and the Sheshatshiu Band Council and there were nine caribou aboard the plane. LOL...seems they don't recognize a dead caribou either.... Wonder what their chart reading is like!!??