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Wednesday November 18, 2009
Six Nations hunters say they have treaty rights to shoot deer in the Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area.

At least two residents in the Ancaster area say they have confronted hunters armed with bows who told them it was their treaty right to kill the deer.

Brian Skye, who is a member of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy, confirmed hunters are citing the Nanfan Treaty of 1701, which gave the Iroquois Confederacy perpetual hunting and fishing rights in southwestern Ontario while subjecting them and their land claims to English authority. Skye said this treaty gives Six Nations the right to hunt "wherever they want" in southern Ontario.

But Hamilton Conservation Authority general manager Steve Miazga maintained yesterday the hunting was unauthorized.

While residents have called the authority and police about illegal hunting, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources said they are no longer investigating the issue.

The ministry has not received illegal hunting reports from the area after one on Nov. 6 that was dismissed, said Jolanta Kowalski.

Bonnie Jen, a longtime resident in the area, said she was frustrated no one is ensuring public safety.

"There's nobody there to monitor anything. How can they possibly be there to protect you?"

Three other agencies besides the ministry have some jurisdiction in the matter, but, to date, no one has been charged. Continued....

Treaty lets our hunters kill deer: Six Nations
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