CUPE 4207 supports Haudenosaunee right to hunt

The following statement was moved by the Executive Committee in solidarity with Six Nations treaty rights that include their right to hunt. November 11th commenced the first of the six days of the annual hunt in Short Hills Park on Pelham Road in St. Catharines. The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition is engaged in solidarity support during the harvest. See the ISC’s page on our website for schedule of reconciliation events and activities and the Six Nations Right to Hunt webpage.

Statement of Solidarity from the Executive Committee

CUPE 4207 represents Academic Workers at Brock University which is located on the traditional beaver hunting grounds, a shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and other nations.

Our union recognizes the treaty rights of all Indigenous Peoples and the responsibility of settlers to honour these rights as we work and live on colonized land.

We understand that we are in a Nation-to-Nation relationship and that Haudenosaunee are self-determining and sovereign. We specifically recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples to harvest on their traditional lands.

CUPE 4207 commits to standing in solidarity with Six Nations and all other Indigenous peoples. Our Indigenous Solidarity Coalition @ Brock and CUPE 4207 Equity Committee strive to offer events and campaigns that raise awareness and educate our members about upholding treaties through positive and respectful Nation-to-Nation relationships.

More statements of support:

Click here for one from Indigenous Solidarity Coalition.

And the following letter of support from IATSE local 461 ( International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ):

The members of IATSE Local 461 recognize treaty rights and the Constitutional right to hunting and fishing by First Nations peoples.

We condemn anti-hunting protest actions at Short Hills. While we recognize the complexity of the issues surrounding the annual deer harvest, every attempt to block, barricade, or disrupt the hunt is an act of racism against First Nations peoples and cannot be tolerated.

With respect for the sovereignty of First Nations peoples and in service of Reconciliation, IATSE Local 461 fully supports the Haudenosaunee deer harvest at Short Hills.