Include Indigenous people
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.