Unist’ot’en Claim; Going out trapping is like a form of healing cause it takes out people out on the territory, and it gives them the opportunity to do the same thing their ancestors did.
The one difference between aboriginal traplines and non aboriginals traplines is that the latter can be resold by goverment if they do not use the trapline.
One needs to remember that aboriginals did not have traplines prior to the arrival of the fur traders. Its not an indigenous heritage, however it was done a lot by the aboriginal peoples who lived in our region. The fur trade in our region did not begin until the early part of the 1800’s. so yes its true some of their ancestors were trappers.
Having said that word some does not mean all or even the majority, the history we do have shows only a few or small percentage made a living from trapping. Each family trapping required a massive amount of land to do so, as we can see by today’s registered traplines.
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