Local First Nations want to hunt eagles for ceremonial use

Wildlife News

By Suzanne Fournier, The Province

front page of The Province newspaper showing article "Native Bands Target Birds" 

First Nations leaders are demanding the right to “sustainably” harvest eagles for ceremonial use.

They will make their demand known Thursday, when National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations — along with three chiefs of B.C. communities targeted by government investigators over the sale of eagle parts — are honoured with eagle feather and cedar headdresses in downtown Vancouver.

“We were as outraged as the general public when we learned about massive eagle kills and dumping of carcasses, because eagles are highly significant in our culture,” Grand Chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council said Wednesday.

“But the B.C. Environment Ministry wasn’t interested in finding out who killed those birds. Instead they sent undercover operators in only to First Nations communities, to entrap our artisans in a mischievous sting.”

Kelly said native leaders want to “engage” the B.C. and federal governments in a “management and conservation” plan for eagles and other large birds with ceremonial First Nations significance, including swans and hawks.

“Eagle feathers are a sign of earned prestige and rank,” he said. “Our belief system holds them in very high regard.

“But the B.C. government has chosen to criminalize First Nations people for possessing eagle feathers rather than negotiate over managing this resource.”

A spotlight was pointed at the million-dollar international eagle-parts trade when 50 butchered eagle carcasses were found in 2005 on Tsleil-Waututh First Nation land in North Vancouver.

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Authored by: elle on Friday, June 25 2010 @ 01:53 AM EDT Local First Nations want to hunt eagles for ceremonial use

First Nations don't claim ownership of creation. So what gives them the right to "harvest" from the eagle population?:the very same eagles they traditionally claim as ancestors. We have personally witnessed local First Nations dance competitions which included excessive use of eagle feathers which were supposedly supplied by wildlife " conservation officers". It is my observation that their dance culture is not a local phenomena but is prevalent throughout North America and is driving the demand for eagle parts. Their " right to harvest" is driven by the " almighty $$$" and not "tradition" .

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Authored by: Woodlands Bleu on Saturday, June 26 2010 @ 07:59 PM EDT Local First Nations want to hunt eagles for ceremonial use

Eagles and hunting do not belong in the same sentence.  If you want respect, you must be respectful of our environment and nature.


Reuse eagle feathers you have and gift them down from generations as a testament to the living eagles and a way to protect them. 



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