Protecting Our Traplines

 

Protecting Our Traplines

December 4, 2015

KLCN sat down with representatives from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on November 25th to discuss concerns related to logging activities, protection of family traplines, and the need for proper consultation.  Interested community members, trapline holders, elders and headman leadership also attended.

During the meeting, community members and leadership advised that KLCN's eight traplines are family owned, and that KLCN can not adhere to the government trapline regulations that have been imposed.

"We don't approve of any development on the traplines, nor have we been included in consultation of logging occurring," says Rights and Title Manager, Linette Calliou Hodges.  

"KLCN has never approved of any logging activities. We had to ask government to the table so we could outline these three issues," she said.

Hodges says that working with government to ensure proper consultation on these matters requires active support and solidarity within the community. The courts have already made it clear that they will not award damages to individual trapline holders.

In May of 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against George Behn, a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation, when he argued the province of BC had an obligation to consult with him and his family directly rather than just the Fort Nelson First Nation band council. 

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COURT DECISION

"It must be understood that we can not stand alone where it concerns our traplines. Part of proving title to the land is that we have collectively held these traplines forever since before living memory," says Hodges.

Sometimes, having a say means standing as one.