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FALL 2022 – Reporting Systemic Racism That Occurs While Practicing Your Rights:

FALL 2022 – Reporting Systemic Racism That Occurs While Practicing Your Rights:

Every year in the fall the systemic racism we face daily always increases. There have been numerous encounters between Conservation Officers and our members while they are exercising their rights. It has become the norm for our members to be harassed while exercising their inherent rights to be on the land. I suppose this is

Every year in the fall the systemic racism we face daily always increases. There have been numerous encounters between Conservation Officers and our members while they are exercising their rights. It has become the norm for our members to be harassed while exercising their inherent rights to be on the land. I suppose this is the Shared management Manitoba speaks of. Our members feel these acts are fueled by systemic racism of law enforcement personnel and government agencies.

If you are approached by an officer remember:

 

  • You have rights

 

  • Every law enforcement officer has a name and a badge number. They have to provide this information by law

 

  • This information is important to ask and to record.

 

  • Remember details are important.

 

  • Stay calm and take note of everything that happens around you.
  • Record your encounter – everyone has a mobile device in their pocket these days and events all over the world over the past few years have shown us how a documented crime or abuse of power can help a victim in the aftermath.

 

If you are with a group of people when the incident occurs you should talk to each other as soon as possible afterwards and make notes regarding the incident. Officers keep track of details and will have their details ready as part of the way they are trained to perform their duties.

Remember both parties also will have ready access to any of your electronics including vehicle and mobile phones with GPS devices. Shell casings are another indisputable way you can prove which firearm was used to harvest game for instance – but remember old casings can cause confusion if left around. Grab them and reload them or pass them to someone who does.

As we become aware of more issues we need to increase public awareness. The systemic racism that First Nations within Treaty 2 face while asserting our Inherent Right to hunt, fish, trap, gather and carry out cultural activities on the land must be documented. In this way we can improve public safety and awareness while providing the specific information required to approach government agencies whom these individuals work for.

If you have had experiences with conservation officers, other government employees, lease or land owners while out on the land, we would like to hear your stories. Through the sharing of stories we will be able to better understand the racial bias that people are experiencing and we are better able to seek accountability and change. You can access an incident report form here: Incident Report

Submitted By: Shawn Gurke, CPNW GIS Helper & Ron Missyabit, Circle Keeper

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  • Derek Packo
    August 31, 2022, 10:43 am

    I’m a hunter from Easterville mb every time we go hunting in Saskatchewan we have to get stopped by conservation officer’s our hunting is closed in mb about 11/12 to years already that’s the only place we can go to feed our family’s is in Saskatchewan getting annoying to get stopped every time

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