Nu­natsi­avut wants hunt­ing ban en­forced

Ban on har­vest­ing Ge­orge River cari­bou must be en­forced, says Lampe

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Lampe says not enough be­ing done to save herd Que­bec.

Nu­natsi­avut pres­i­dent Jo­hannes says not enough ef­forts are be­ing made to pro­tect the Ge­orge River cari­bou herd from fur­ther de­cline.

“We are deeply con­cerned that we are hear­ing that there is in­creased har­vest­ing and more peo­ple are ig­nor­ing the mora­to­rium, putting ad­di­tional strain on this valu­able re­source,” he said in a re­cent press re­lease.

Lat­est es­ti­mates have the Ge­orge River herd at less than 9,000 an­i­mals, and there are con­cerns the pop­u­la­tion could be­come wiped out in less than five years. The pop­u­la­tion was es­ti­mated at more than 800,000 in the 1990s.

“All steps must be taken to en­sure the Ge­orge River cari­bou herd is able to re­cover,” Lampe said. “As Labrador Inuit, we must be com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity of this herd, or we run the risk of los­ing another im­por­tant part of our cul­ture and way of life.”

Lampe is call­ing on all ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agree­ment to re­spect the mora­to­rium on har­vest­ing Ge­orge River cari­bou.

“As ste­wards of the land and our en­vi­ron­ment, we have an obli­ga­tion, as Inuit, to pro­tect and con­serve the cari­bou herd,” he said. “At the same time, we have to en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are able to har­vest this re­source, and that they con­tinue to main­tain the nec­es­sary skills to do so.”

STEPHEN ROBERTS PHOTO

The Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment is wor­ried about fur­ther de­cline of the Ge­orge River cari­bou herd.

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