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Spring Spawn in Treaty 2 Territory

April 13, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – As the ice starts to recede from our waterways we anticipate the arrival of the various Giigoohnag into our tributaries just as our ancestors have for thousands of years. Our members will make the pilgrimage to the various tributaries just to check which species has arrived. Our members will take Namebin (suckers) for the famous suckerhead soup and can the rest to be put away for later enjoyment. The ginoozheg (jackfish) will be milked for their eggs (our caviar) to be fried up and served with some hot bannock. And then the tasty ogaa-ag (pickerel/Walleye), which is a feast we wait for every spring.

Sadly for us, this time of year also brings increased enforcement efforts by provincial conservation officers, which our members consider is increased harassment of our membership. Treaty 2 has made efforts to improve the relationship between our government and provincial representatives but this current administration has withdrawn from a process that was years in the making. Treaty 2 remains committed to open dialogue but we will not relinquish the inherent right we possess to our lands and resources.

And we also encourage our members to uphold their honour and remember what we take to today we borrow from our grandchildren. We further encourage our members to use gwaashkwebijiganaatig (fishing rods) and to refrain from using asabiig (nets) in our waterways.

Sadly it is not only us that face hate and resentment for exercising our inherent rights to our lands and resources. Our Anishinaabe brothers and sisters from the Great Lakes area to south also face similar harassment and produced the following video, please watch and pass on to others.

Miigwetch and enjoy what the gizhe-manidoo gave us to use, to look after and to protect.

Ron Missyabit, NW Circle Keeper

Shawn Gurke, Mapping/GIS Helper Helper

Last modified: April 13, 2021

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