Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: Presentation by Robert Alexis, Vice Chief for Trapping

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Database ID28796
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Archives
Fonds/CollectionNative Law Centre fonds
File/Item ReferenceReference Library, RCAP vol. 9 (Box 1)
Date of creationMay 7, 1992
Physical description/extent13 pgs
Number of images13
Scope and contentFile contains a presentation by Robert Alexis, Vice Chief for Trapping. Alexis is Vice Chief of Trapping for the Gwich'in people of Fort McPherson and discusses the problems and concerns of trappers in his presentation. The most important issue facing trappers he states is the switiching of traps from traditional leg holds to conibear traps. He contrasts trapping with office work and professes his love for the lifestyle of the trap line. He discusses how the conibear is a bad substitute for the traditional leg hold traps. Alexis discusses the importance of the trapping way of life to his people, and his frustration with the government for not consulting trappers before instituting changes. He also gives his opinion that next to education, trapping is the most important concern for his people. Following the presentation Commissioners Allan Blakeney and Rene Dussault question Alexis on the implementation of conibear traps, and the rationale behind doing so.
Other terms governing use and reproductionRoyal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples - Transcriptions of Public Hearings and Round Table Discussions, 1992-1993. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Courtesy of the Privy Council Office, 2008.
Primary MediaTextual documents
Provenance Access PointUniversity of Saskatchewan. Native Law Centre
Other notesPart of Box 1 Transcripts, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Fort McPherson, N.W.T. Thursday, May 7, 1992. Volume 1. pgs 128-140.
PlaceFort McPherson, Northwest Territories, Canada
Arctic Red River, Northwest Territories, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 11
Canada -- National
Cultural regionArctic
Canada -- National
NamesAlexis, Robert
Blakeney, Allan E., 1925- (Saskatchewan premier)
Dussault, Rene, 1939-
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
SubjectGovernment commissions -- Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Fur Trade
Hunting and Trapping
Government policy
Indigenous Relations
External representations
Natural Resources
Wildlife management
Commerce and Trade
Date Range(s)1990-1999
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