Sport fishing concerns to be raised at Dene National Assembly

Photo by Pat Kane, courtesy of DCFN.

Members of the Deh Gah Gotie First Nation are concerned about over fishing from tourists and sports fishermen near their community of Fort Providence.

Currently the First Nation has elders and youth monitoring fish and the water near the Horn River, downstream from the community.

Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge says he’s taking a resolution to the Dene National Assembly on the issue.

“Generally in Providence we are friendly welcoming people, but we need to remind tourists and visitors that we will be watching and monitoring how people are on our land. And that they have respect and we’ll be encouraging them to come in and visit in the community before they go out on the river or out on the land.” said Bonnetrouge.

He is encouraging visitors to drop by the First Nations’ office before hitting the water for safety reasons, because of rocks and strong currents along the Mackenzie river near the community.

The Dene National Assembly, where Bonnetrouge will raise this issue is being hosted by the Katlodeeche First Nation on the Hay River Reserve this week.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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