by Klabona Keepers, October 5, 2016
“During the residential schools, they took the children away from the land. Now, they take the land away from the children”
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On Wednesday Oct 5th, 2016, the RCMP arrived at the Wildlife Management Camp at Ealue Lake Road and served us a court order. The WM camp is set up to restrict residential hunting of moose, caribou and bears because of the low numbers.
[For Immediate Release]
BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory – September 18, 2014
The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, black bear, and stone sheep. In recent years these animals have been exploited by resident hunters, mainly for trophy. Moose populations have been most effected, due to no bag-limits that have precipitated a massive decline in the species. Consequently, the Klabona Keepers and the WDL are firm in their conviction that protecting wildlife and safeguarding habitat in the Sacred Headwaters from exploitation is a pressing priority. The Klabona Keepers with the support of the Wildlife Defence League, intend to blockade the entrance to the Sacred Headwaters from non-Indigenous and resident trophy hunters. Tahltan hunters will not be blockaded, as the Wildlife Defence League supports their right to live off the land as they have done for thousands of years.
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On the evening of September 8th, the Klabona Keepers, an organization of Tahltan elders and families from Iskut, British Columbia, occupied and shut down a Black Hawk Drill Pad. The drill pad is 4km east of highway 37, and one of seven different exploration sites.