The wait for barren caribou meat amongst Metis elders in the South Slave Region is over.
Hay River Metis Council President Trevor Beck says the patience and taste buds of the elders have been tested since 2009.
“Since then the government has allowed other groups through tag allocations to harvest these caribou, and kind of left the Metis to the side. We were treated as the group that wasn’t interested, which wasn’t true. We saw the need to let them re-populate, and because were considerate were forgotten for the tag allocation,” Beck told CKLB.
Beck’s nephew Kyle Mandeville was the lucky hunter, who harvested bulls only from the Beverly Ahiak Herd near the winter road to Gaucho Kue. Mandeville says he’s carrying on a tradition taught to him by his grandparents.
“When I was a little kid I spent a majority of my time with my grandparents Fred and Berna Mandeville. They pretty much drilled it into me that you gotta provide for your elders. The get too old and lose the one’s that provided for them, and it brings more luck to you in your travels when you share with your elders,” added Mandeville.
Council members in Hay River and Fort Resolution have been distributing meat to elders since the weekend.