Bear hunt protest back

  • Mar. 31, 2009 5:00 a.m.

The bear hunt protest is back this spring, despite efforts over the last year to find a solution. The Council of the Haida Nation issued a news release Monday asking those supporting ending the hunt to gather at the Tlell River Lodge on Wednesday, to continue protest action which began last year. The gathering is scheduled to start at noon. During the past year, the CHN offered to buy the lodge from owner Kevin Olmstead, but the two have not been able to agree on a price. As well, the CHN says the province has backed away from its commitment to end the hunt, and that a clear demonstration by itself and the Haida House of Assembly resolution to end the hunt has been dirsregarded. CHN vice-president Arnie Bellis told the Observer Monday that CHN president Guujaaw has said there’s not going to be another bear hunt. “We are going to halt the hunt,” Mr. Bellis said. He also said the protest will be peaceful. “There are still human beings here, we have to be mindful of that despite all the violations,” Mr. Bellis said. He also said the bear hunt is “offensive at all levels” and is in “direct violation of the Bible”. Mr. Bellis also said the hunt is a slaughter and a blood sport and that more money would flow into provincial coffers if guided photo tours were offered and not a hunt.