Letter: Restrictions should apply equally

South of kilometre 35, the Gaspard-Churn Road is closed to motor vehicles for the purposes of hunting.

Editor:

South of kilometre 35, the Gaspard-Churn Road is closed to motor vehicles for the purposes of hunting.

Walking that road with my two daughters on the weekend, I met two elders from the Alkali Lake Band who said motor vehicle restrictions did not apply to them because of their native status. I didn’t think their elite harvesting privileges allowed them to violate motor vehicle restrictions, so I said I would report them to the Conservation Officers Service.

They drove away and came back to drive up and down the road with three trucks, a double ATV and music blaring.

Feeling intimidated and harassed we left to call the COS, who found the indigenous hunters in the area where motor vehicles are prohibited.

No charges were laid because it was assumed the court would favour the band with legislation of more special privileges.

When I was old enough to walk I followed my father over the hills and through the canyons around Williams Lake, as he had learned to hunt from his father, so I have come to see myself as a native in every way besides race.

I have always resented the elite harvesting privileges enjoyed by band members, while striving to resist the hatred that results from racial inequality.

My fiancee and I stopped for a stranded member of the Alkali Lake Band last spring and spent an hour driving him to his house to fetch a spare tire.

I hope I would stop again another time, but it is easy to rise above racism when you’re not confronted by it in a way that matters to you personally.

Garnet Fraser

Prince George

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Joe Alphonse
OP-ED: Williams Lake municipal, regional councils lack awareness on historical trauma

Systemic racism isn’t always obvious to those that are not experiencing it

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake GMHL expansion questions, concerns, to be discussed later this month

If approved, the team would begin play in the fall of 2021

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
Second death reported in Kelowna General Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

A total of seven cases have been identified at the hospital: six patients and one staff

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

(File photo)
Kamloops Mountie bitten while arresting woman

The assault on March 1 is the latest in a string of incidents that have left local officers injured

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

Most Read