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  • Doug Smith
    February 01, 2013 - 09:13

    Mr. Jackson , are you out of your mind? Your dismissal of the Innu stance on the caribou hunt in favour of , “sound conservation policy” leads me to think you don’t know what your talking about. The government’s ,“sound conservation policy” is just stop hunting. Now that is OK for non Innu people but the few hundred (300-400) animals the Innu will take won’t hurt the 20,000 member herd. The government has no idea why the herd went from 800,000 to 20,000. Their credibility on this issue is zero. Respect the Innu’s rights. Doug Smith, GFW

  • Fintip
    January 31, 2013 - 13:27

    'Tough critique or hate speech?' asks Maclean's Magazine of Widdowson's anti-aboriginal rants. And yet this is the piece of pseudo-scientific garbage on which Jackson has predicated yet another ill-informed comment on Canada’s native peoples. In fairness, his put-down of those whose traditional way of life brings them close to the land and sea isn't confined to aboriginals. Natives, he asserts, are no more reliable observers of the environment than fishermen who think they possess special insights on the state of fish stocks. Jackson seems oblivious to the fact that for decades prior to the cod moratorium, it was local fishermen - not DFO scientists - who sounded the alarm that cod stocks were in peril. In exactly the same way that Ottawa was ultimately responsible for the collapse of the cod fishery, so is this province responsible for the precarious state of the George River herd. The problem is we don't have an adequate understanding of the reasons for the decline. The level of scientific research on the issue has been woefully slow and inadequate. Does this mean we should dismiss the limited science we do have, and in its place accept the views of some native leaders that the hunt should continue? No, because the risks of being wrong are unacceptable. But when it comes to native anger at the prospect of losing a traditional way of life, people like Jackson and Simms need to respect it - not feed it. Think back to the anger of fishermen and fish plant workers when Crosbie announced the cod moratorium. We accepted then that fishermen were financially damaged and deserving of compensation. Not only do Jackson and Simms ignore the issue of compensation, they imply that natives are themselves responsible for the decimation of the herd. Are they so naive as to think the aboriginal hunt is the principal, let alone sole, factor in the herd's decline from 800,000 to 20,000 head? Hopefully clear-thinking fair-minded leaders will put this new plight of our northern native communities in proper perspective.

  • Pierre Neary
    January 30, 2013 - 15:50

    Politics aside conservation has to be first and foremost.