Just sayin’ brother

Dear Editors,

When you exercise your right to hunt and trap for fish or food, a resource officer may ask you to show proof of your enrollment in a First Nation. My opinion is, if your stomach is running on fumes you should be able to hunt for self-sustainment, as everyone has the right to live – Native or not.

However, you are strongly encouraged to show proof of your Native status to help them determine you are eligible to exercise your God-given right — not Crown-given right. Failure to show proof can result in unnecessary seizure of the game and equipment until the matter is resolved.

It is important to realize we like only necessary development, as to save as much land as possible for our animal brothers, whom we sacrifice to sustain ourselves and our families. As well, these activities are part of our heritage.

Each side must learn to understand each other better or even just listen, while the other makes their point. I think if we did, each user would respect the rights and privileges of the other.

Commercial and/or other licensed users of fish and wildlife must learn to respect constitutionally-protected Aboriginal Rights. It is equally important to me as an Aboriginal to respect the rights of commercial users to feed our great country, Canada. Each party is to respect each other if we are to prosper.

First, we must bring peace between us through mutual understanding, and love each other, as we are brothers and the Creator gave us to each other to learn from. Then we receive the gift of unified prosperity. If the Creator wants us to learn anything while we live life on mother earth, it would be to co-exist peacefully.

Dakota Martin

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