In­clude In­dige­nous peo­ple

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: Coast guard and fish­eries fund­ing boosted by feds (Oct. 26)

It was very en­cour­ag­ing to read that the gov­ern­ment has promised an in­fu­sion of much­needed cash for the fed­eral Fish­eries Depart­ment (DFO) to ad­dress, among other things, con­cerns with science and in­fra­struc­ture, which of­fi­cials said were “ag­ing, ex­pen­sive and fall­ing be­low in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

Hav­ing worked with en­thu­si­as­tic DFO per­son­nel out of Win­nipeg in the past, and hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a strong com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, food se­cu­rity and dis­ease pre­ven­tion from that depart­ment, I would like to wel­come this ini­tia­tive.

The full par­tic­i­pa­tion of In­dige­nous hunt­ing and trap­ping or­ga­ni­za­tions — and Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples gen­er­ally — in the devel­op­ment and man­age­ment of ter­ri­to­rial wildlife guardian­ship poli­cies, food se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives, land man­age­ment prac­tices and the mean­ing­ful pur­suit of re­search and ed­u­ca­tion in these ar­eas is a ne­c­es­sary con­di­tion to guar­an­tee en­vi­ron­men­tal health sus­tain­abil­ity into the fu­ture.

FRED O’BRIEN

Win­nipeg

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