- February 05, 2013 - 13:02
It is racism to criticize anything to do with aboriginals...it just is. So shut up, watch them engage in whatever crass, immoral, anti-social hypocricy they can think of, and accept it. Because it has been decided.
- February 03, 2013 - 21:29
If for one minute you think Innut would harvest every last caribou, then you are as stupid as Simms. The caribou kept Innut alive for more than 10,000 years, especially so during a time when your government's bureaucrats wrote a memo saying, "Leave them alone. They will all die off eventually". Their whole life revolves around the caribou, physically, mentally and spiritually.
- February 02, 2013 - 08:57
I support the traditional aboriginal hunt without any limitations. However, it must be a traditional hunt using abolutely nothing bought in a store or made using items or methods available prior to the arrival of europeans in North America in either the hunting, butchering, storage, or eating. Likewise, I support traditonal cod fishing without limitations using only the same means as the first settlers to Newfoundland. If you want to use any modern things like the rest of us, you obey modern rules like the rest of us.
- February 01, 2013 - 23:59
Most people are not aware of how diversified the Innu Nation has become with respect to legal and scientific resources. After the Voisey Bay deal the leadership invested in over 60 corporations, some of which are geared towards environmental and wildlife consultancy. the questions randy simms failed to ask the Innu leadership include, what different information do they have, who gave it to them, and why does it differ from the Province's information? The Quebec Innu also say they have received alternative opinions on the state of the Red Wine herd than the Province of NL's... Are the methods of the Province superior to Innu consultants on a regular basis? I would hesitate to say this without all the information.
- Skeptical Cynic
- February 01, 2013 - 17:13
For some Innu to insist that they have traditional rights to hunt threatened caribou herds using high-powered rifles with telescopic sights on quads, snowmobiles, or in their pick-up trucks... while using cleared roadways and GPS to access these herds... is a lamentable sham that bastardizes the notion of "traditional" aboriginal rights. Traditional" hunting rights should be predicated on "traditional" hunting methods.
- Winston Adams
- February 01, 2013 - 15:22
As the northern Innu have survived for thousnads of years,along with the caribou, and for the most part without our help, It is arrigant to assume we know more about the cycles of the caribou then the Innu elders. In the past they and their have starved along with the caribou, and with little or no help from us souther whites. They would be the last to want to exterminate the caribou. But to kill 2 or 3 hundren male caribou, less than 1 percent, for people so needing this, is not unreasonable. To say that view is baffling, or the logic makes your brain hurt, is just a nicer way that Randy Simms' words, that is is "insane" These words: stupid, insane, baffling, not logical..... it all assaults the intelligence of the INNU. IT SHOWS OUR IGNORANCE OF THEIR CULTURE. And to suggest they are willing to steel from their own children. I am not familiar with a single word to describe this. What is it? But it would seem to apply to any culture who avoids sustainable measures.. And sustainability and respect for the (mother) earth as the provider is entrenched in aboriginal culture. That they could take some animals for food while outfitters are restricted is very logical. The elders have it right.
- February 01, 2013 - 13:22
Aboriginal groups do have a right to live from the land as their ancestors years and years gone by always have. Except I believe the right to a traditional hunt, is 'just' to a traditional hunt, one that takes place with dog sled teams and bow and arrows. If you wish to hunt as the modern 'hu'man with a $15,000 snowmobile and a high powered rifle then you have to follow the same rules as every other 'hu'man. Whether your decendents are Aboriginal, European, Australian, Asian, or African, in the end we all came from the same place. Now in a world of Billions of people it is more important than ever that the rights of no one person or no individual group is provided at the express expense of everyone else.
- February 01, 2013 - 14:34
Racism is alive and well in NL.
- Winston Adams
- February 01, 2013 - 15:33
Melissa, some people have more rights than others, aboriginals have special rights , or they are supposed to, but they are seldom respected. As to hunting with bow and arrow? That's like, for the cod food fishery, telling Nflders they can't use their outboard motors, only a sculling oar and a spanker. Do you even know what that means?
- Aunt Lizzie
- February 02, 2013 - 00:24
@Weary: Calling someone stupid for vowing to hunt an endangered caribou herd is not racist. Treating someone differently because they are aboriginal, or demanding special treatment because you are aboriginal yourself, is racist.
- February 01, 2013 - 10:35
First off, where did you hear that saying, because it's new to me. More important than that drivel is the fact that bringing up such old arguments adds no value to the conversation. Yes, there was a movement in Newfoundland that extolled the supposed birthright of Newfoundlanders to take what they wanted from the ocean, but that movement failed and I see no value in using that as a manner of painting all newfoundlanders with the same brush. Perhaps you should consider keeping your comments to those whichare actually relevant to the actual conversation.
- Look in the mirror
- February 01, 2013 - 07:22
''There is a word that describes those who are willing to steal from their own children. And it’s not a pretty one.'' What's that word? Newfoundlander? Politician? Seems that aboriginal or not, many here have the same attitude. I'm certainly not onside with the Innu's stance but as the editor rightly pointed out, it's a widespread around these parts. There's a common saying that 'Newfoundlanders eat their young'. It's valid for a reason.
- February 01, 2013 - 07:41
I'm sorry, "Newfoundlanders eat their young" is not a common saying. It's not even a "saying" let alone common.