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Canada Brad Wall says Saskatchewan not bullying indigenous hunters

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province respects treaty rights.

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he "categorically rejects" allegations that the government is harassing and bullying indigenous hunters.

Wall says the province respects treaty rights and that conservation officials have been very careful not to enforce anything beyond their mandate.

The chief of Pine Creek First Nation said Wednesday that conservation officers raided two homes last month and confiscated moose meat harvested from Pine Creek's traditional territory, which crosses the Manitoba-Saskatchewan boundary.

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Charlie Boucher said no charges have been laid, but his people are being denied their inherent right to feed their families.

Wall wouldn't comment specifically on the case.

But he says treaty rights don't trump provisions that allow provinces to manage conservation and all hunters need permission from landowners to hunt on private property.

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