TURTLE ISLAND

AGREEMENT BETWEEN

ALGONQUIN NATION TRIBAL COUNCIL (ANTC) AND

THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES (MNR)

FOR THE 2003-2004 MOOSE AND DEER HUNT

IN AND AROUND

ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK

             The MNR and the ANTC agree on how hunters under the ANTC administration shall hunt moose and deer in and around Algonquin Provincial Park in the 2003-2004 hunt. 

            ANTC will engage in its best efforts to ensure that each hunter hunting under its administration is aware of the terms of this agreement and his or her obligations under it. The MNR shall provide funding to ANTC in order to assist it to fulfil its obligations under the agreement. 

            All persons who meet the Algonquin Nation Standardized Identification Criteria shall be able to participate in hunting under this agreement, unless that person is participating in the hunt under the Pikwakanagan agreement. 

            The allocation of tags referred to in the terms below represents the maximum sustainable harvest of bull moose and cow moose under the agreement in order that the population of moose in the area identified in paragraph 1 below, may be conserved. 

            In the interest of conservation and public safety, ANTC shall exercise its best efforts to address deer hunting issues at the Peterson Lake Road deer yard near Maynooth and the Round Lake deer yard. 

            ANTC and the hunters hunting under its administration shall exercise their best efforts to limit the number of calf moose harvested by them under the agreement. 

            The following are the terms of the agreement: 

AREA 

1.                  Hunting shall occur in the area that is identified in Map A, which is attached, excluding, however, the western portion of Algonquin Park.

2.                  Inside Algonquin Provincial Park (the Park), hunting shall only occur in that area that is east of the Shirley Lake Road, and that is identified in Map B, which is attached.  For purposes of clarification, the hunting area described as the Map B area within Algonquin Park includes both sides of the Shirley Lake Road and other roads that define the western extent of the Map B area.  In no instance shall harvesting of any animal occur further than 50 metres west of the center line of said roads.

3.                  A hunter who is hunting in the Park under this agreement shall enter or exit the Park at the following access points: Shall Lake Access, Basin Road, Beechnut Road, Sand Lake Gate, Hydro Line Road, Brent Road, Daventry Road, Kiosk Access, Bissett Road, Wylie-Bronson Road.

 DATES OF HUNT 

4.                  A hunter hunting under this agreement may only hunt in the Park beginning on October 14, 2003 and ending on January 15, 2004.

5.                  A hunter hunting under this agreement may hunt deer within the area identified in paragraph 1, beginning on September 15, 2003 and ending on January 15, 2004.

6.                  A hunter hunting under this agreement may hunt moose within the area identified in paragraph 1, beginning on October 14, 2003 and ending on January 15, 2004. 

MOOSE TAGS 

7.                  The number of bull moose and cow moose that may be harvested under this agreement shall not exceed the number of tags for bull moose and cow moose that are provided by MNR for the ANTC. 

MOOSE TAGS OUTSIDE THE PARK 

8.                  Outside the Park, but within the identified on Map A, a hunter hunting under this agreement shall only hunt adult moose in wildlife management units 48, 55A, 55B, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, and 65.

9.                  A hunter shall not harvest a bull moose or cow moose unless he or she holds a tag for a moose of that sex and wildlife management unit in which he or she is hunting, or hunts in a party with a person who holds such a tag.

10.              Once a bull moose or cow moose has been harvested under a tag, the person who holds the tag shall attach it to the carcass as soon as possible and before it is transported and no other bull moose or cow moose may be harvested under that tag.

11.              MNR will provide ANTC with tags for the number of bull moose and cow moose in the wildlife management units listed below. 

                               WMU                         BULL MOOSE                    COW MOOSE 

WMU 48                                    1                                              1
   
          WMU 55A                                                                                  1
   
          WMU55B                                    1
   
          WMU 57                                     1
   
          WMU 58                                                                                    1
   
          WMU 61                                     1
   
          WMU 62                                                                                    1
   
          WMU 63                                     2                                             1
   
          WMU 65                                                                                    

MOOSE TAGS INSIDE THE PARK 

12.              MNR and ANTC agree that 20 bull moose and 20 cow moose tags will be issued for the ANTC moose hunt in the Park. 

13.              A hunter who harvests a bull moose or a cow moose shall tag the moose as soon as possible and before it is transported.

14.              A person shall not transport a dead bull moose or cow moose out of the Park unless it has a tag attached to it. 

OTHER WILDLIFE 

15.              Within the area of the Park set out in paragraph 2, during the course of the moose and deer hunt, other species of game normally taken for food may be taken ancillary to the moose and deer hunt, excluding rare, threatened and endangered species, wolves and loons. 

IDENTIFICATION OF HUNTERS 

16.              ANTC shall issue Identification Cards to Algonquin hunters hunting under this agreement certifying that the hunter meets the Algonquin Nation Standardized Identification Criteria.

17.              A hunter hunting under this agreement shall carry the identification card and another piece of photo identification.

18.              A hunter shall provide his or her Algonquin Identification Card and information on his or her hunt to park wardens, conservation officers or hunt monitors when he or she enters the Park and on request.

19.              A hunter shall cooperate with park wardens, conservation officers and hunt monitors at all times. 

HUNTING METHODS 

20.              Inside the Park, a hunter shall not use, except to retrieve wildlife,

(a)     a car or truck off the roads;

(b)   an all terrain vehicle, snowmobile or motor boat to hunt.

21.              It is understood that hunters hunting under this agreement are to comply with laws ordinarily in force in Ontario that are intended to ensure or promote public safety. 

REPORTING 

22.              A hunter who harvests a bull moose, a cow moose or a calf moose shall report the fact to ANTC within 24 hours, and shall provide the tag number if a bull moose or cow moose was harvested.

23.              ANTC shall on an ongoing basis or as requested, report to MNR the number of moose harvested, and shall provide the tag numbers to MNR at that time.

24.              MNR shall on an ongoing basis, or as requested, report to ANTC the number of moose harvested by Algonquins not hunting under this agreement. 

ENFORCEMENT 

25.              ANTC shall inform the hunters hunting under this agreement that this agreement does not deprive MNR of its discretion to decide whether or not to take enforcement action if a hunter does not comply with the terms of this agreement. 

WITHOUT PREJUDICE 

26.              Nothing in this agreement shall be construed by either party as an admission or acknowledgement of the jurisdiction, rights or claims of either party.  This agreement is without prejudice to the position of the parties with respect to the existence of Algonquin aboriginal rights. 

AGREEMENT 

27.              ANTC agrees to the terms of this agreement on behalf of those hunting under its administration and agrees to the execution of the agreement. 

            This agreement is agreed to by ANTC and MNR this        day of                                  .

 

 

________________________                                    ___________________________     

Ray Bonenberg                                                             Chief Doreen Davis

Ministry of Natural Resources                                       ANTC (Sharbot Lake First Nation) 

_________________________                                  ___________________________     

John Winters                                                                Chief Patrick Glassford

Superintendent, Algonquin Park                                    ANTC (Greater Golden Lake First Nation)

                                                                                     ___________________________

                                                                                    Davie Joanisse

                                                                                    ANTC (Antoine First Nation)

                                                                                     ___________________________

                                                                                    Chief Gilbert Labreche

                                                                                    ANTC (Mattawa/North Bay First Nation)

                                                                                     ___________________________

                                                                                    Chief Randy Malcolm

                                                                                    ANTC (Ardoch First Nation)

                                                                                        ____________________________

                                                                                    Chief Richard Zohr

                                                                                    ANTC (Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation)


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