Episode 27 – Return to the Grizzly Bear Hunt in Tahltan Territory
Return to the Grizzly Bear Hunt in Tahltan Territory
In this episode Mark and Curtis are joined By Chad Day, President of the Tahltan Central Government in British Columbia and Jesse Zeman, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program for the BC Wildlife Federation. President Day explains where Tahltan Territory is located, who the Tahltan people are, how he became President of his Nation, what life is like as the President and how governance is structured in Tahltan Territory. Jesse gives a summary of how the grizzly bear hunt ban came about in BC and President Day explains how Indigenous hunting rights work in Canada with respect to grizzly bear hunting. Getting into the nitty gritty of grizzly hunting, President Day talks about what Tahltan people are seeing on the land today, why he is planning to go on his first grizzly bear hunt this fall and what his plans are if the province does not reinstate the grizzly bear hunt in Tahltan Territory. President Day looks back on all the Tahltan families and their relationship to guide-outfitting, explains how Tahltan used to manage predators and he shares the incredible story of the Tahltan Bear Dog.
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