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Haudenosaunee and HCA Set Dates for 2018 Harvest

Haudenosaunee Deer Harvest Begins November 12


The Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority (HWHA) and Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) have agreed to a Specific Agreement for the 2018 season based on the existing Protocol to address the Treaty Rights of the Haudenosaunee on HCA owned lands.

Deer harvesting for the 2018 season will be conducted concurrently in two areas of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (DVCA) designated as Schedule A and Schedule B (link below). The area designated in Schedule B has no public access or a managed trail system.

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Harvesting will only occur on HCA owned lands in Schedule A & B on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only, between November 12 and December 6, 2018. There is no January harvest scheduled.

The number of deer to be harvested is limited at 60 deer. The Hamilton Police Service and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff have been consulted with respect to public safety and advised of the harvest and corresponding area closures. Appropriate trail signage and notification to adjacent residents will be provided about the harvest and area closure.


Background
Deer harvesting has been a long standing tradition of the Haudenosaunee dating back thousands of years and serving an important role in their way of life. With regards to the DVCA, the Nanfan Treaty or the Treaty at Albany of 1701 gives the Haudenosaunee the right to harvest and fish in this area.

In 2011, the Ontario Government recognized and fully supported this Treaty and encouraged the HCA to continue collaboration with the Haudenosaunee. The HCA recognizes the importance and validity of the Nanfan Treaty and also respects the important cultural role that deer harvesting plays in the Haudenosaunee’s way of life.

In 2011, the HCA’s Board of Directors authorized entering into an agreement with the HWHA to establish a protocol regarding deer harvesting on HCA owned lands. An agreement was made and continues to be in effect allowing the HWHA to harvest a set number of deer in selected parts of the DVCA.

Paul Williams of the HWHA says, “We’re confident that we have been able to find a place where it is safe for our hunters to go; where we can exercise legal traditional rights carefully. And we’re grateful that we are able to work with partners who share our ecological values. Of course we intend to conduct the harvest safely, humanely, and consistent with best conservation practices. And the deer taken will go to longhouses for ceremonies and to elders, as well as to feed hunters’ families”.

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