Tŝilhqot’in Nation leaders are planning an emergency meeting over concerns about moose hunting.
Chiefs and other leaders say they’re considering urgent action in response to the BC Government’s recent moose allocation within their territory.
The Tŝilhqot’in say there’s been a steady and extensive decline in moose across their lands, threatening a traditional food supply and their Aborginal Rights.
“The Tŝilhqot’in Territory faces a dire situation with our declining fish and wildlife populations. It is extremely worrisome that BC continues to approve Limited Entry Hunts for moose in our territory with limited science or collaboration,” says Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government in a news release. “Doing nothing is not an option for us. The Province must change the way they manage wildlife. Hosting an Emergency Leadership Summit provides the space for the Tŝilhqot’in to meet as a Nation and take action to protect our moose and our culture. We call on BC to step up and take further action to protect our moose populations in our territory until they have recovered.”
Alphonse and other Tŝilhqot’in leaders will convene an Emergency Leaders’ Summit on July 10 to discuss available options to protect moose populations in their territory.