As much as my community loves to hunt the local white tail deer as carried on from the Indigenous people we also share that special love for them.

December 8th, 2013, 9pm

It was -23.5°C. The breeze was light.

Hunting has and remains a big part of the Prairie culture. Soon as hunting season is a go my Facebook and all social media is exploding with photos of people and their “trophies.” I myself do not.. let me re-word that. I myself cannot partake in this activity because I get too emotional seeing animals hurt but I totally respect the people that do and do it humbly. First Nations people have always had a special relationship with the natural life forms that the land provides- like fish, wildlife and plants. This relationship is based on subsistence needs and cultural values extending back thousands of years. In this area white-tail deer have the majority of the guns here pointed at them and for good reason. They are hunted for their hide, antlers and meat. Almost the entire deer is used. Aboriginal people eat deer meat and they also use the soft hide for lot of things, like clothing, crafts and making drums. The deer’s antlers and bones were used for tools for the most part but now a day you’ll see them hung on the walls of the proud hunters. As with most things that come from the Aboriginal culture hunting has become adapted to better fit the world we live in now. Gone are the days where the Indigenous could run free hunting what they needed, when they needed it. Manitoba Conservation delivers a variety of programs and services to help maintain sustainable populations of wildlife in Manitoba. This works both ways though! We want to help protect the deer so they do not become extinct but we also do not want them running wild inside the city limits! As much as we are a threat to them they can equally harm us. The Indigenous have survived co-mingling with nature for centuries so it is nice to see communities taking that into respect and really try to promote a homogenous relationship. Where I live it is quite probable that you will see a deer or two on your drive home either going to or from work. This causes a threat to the deer as well as the driver. I have probably seen more deer die from an automobile collision than from hunting and yet people are all too quick to blame the Indigenous for their hunting ways

Cassie and David Wade said thanks.

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Nicki Mekkes

I'm a 21 year old supervisor at our local tavern by night and work as a nanny by day! I'm in my 4th year of school working towards my early years education. I love working out and hanging out at my parents farm in my down time!

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