Re: Algonquins and MNR sign moose protocol (Leader, October 16, 2002).
All aspects of this yearĺs moose harvest were not made known to you by the writer of the above article. If this were a fairy tale, the writers nose would have grown a couple of inches.
I attended all of the annual "emergency meetings" this year regarding the moose hunt. Minutes of those meetings will show that at no time was "voluntary" a buzz-word. In fact "full management and,-full control" were the buzz-words. How that translates into "voluntary" escapes me.
The writer stated the allocation of moose for the Algonquins of PikwÓkanagÓn was a conscious action. That is to say, this is what we wanted and negotiated for since last March,
The fact is, we received what the MNR decided to give us. In a Nation letter, our Chief has stated on August 8, 2002, that MNR recognizes non-status Algonquins. Consequently, during the summer, MNR divided the moose allocation on a 50/50 basis. That division gave 50% (48 moose) to the status Algonquins of PikwÓkanagÓn and 50% (48 moose) to the non-status Algonquins of the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council (ANTC).
Therefore, contrary to what the writer states, 100% of the targeted moose allocations will be harvested by Algonquins.
To conclude, in previous years the Algonquins of PikwÓkanagÓn harvested about 30% of the moose allocation. It then makes sense to say that 50% of the moose allocation does nothing to help the conservation of the moose population as implied by the writer.
With this in mind, it's mathematically not possible to have "voluntarily reduced our harvest." In actual fact it appears that we increased the harvest by 20%, contrary to our Chiefĺs statement
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