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Hunting during COVID-19: Let’s walk our traditional ways with a healthy lifestyle as we harvest

ᒥᔫᐱᒧᐦᑕᑖᐤ ᐄᓅ ᐃᐦᑐᐧᐃᓐ ᑲᔦ ᒥᔫᐱᒫᑎᓰᐧᐃᓐ ᐊᓂᑌ ᐁ
miyûpimuhtatâu înû ihtuwin kaye miyûpimâtisîwin anite e
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George Diamond - Firearm Safety
Bandaid being applied to woman's arm after getting COVID shot

Get vaccinated before going to your bush camp; it’s an extra layer of protection

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Stay 2 metres/6 feet away from people outside of your camp

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Wear a mask if you can’t distance 2 metres/6 feet away with others outside your camp

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Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue

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Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

Greeting one another

Woman using bush radio
  • Use verbal greetings (Wâchiya) instead of shaking hands
  • Maintain kinship, and keep a distance of 2 meters/6 feet from one another
  • Use radio to check on other camps, go to other camps only in emergencies

While hunting

Hunter giving peace sign

Ensure your route is safe:

  • Tell people in your camp where you’re headed
  • Check if your route has changed due to weather conditions
  • Consult with elders/experts on the land for safest route
  • Learn the old ways of hunting; sit alone in your blind
  • If other people used your cabin or blind before you, disinfect them
  • Keep your hunting spots clean and free of garbage
  • Use steel shot gun shells instead of lead
  • Use your own equipment and do not lend or borrow gear
  • Let’s teach both young and old about firearms safety

During tea and lunch breaks:

  • Use your own utensils, cup, plate, lunch bags and thermos
  • Do not share food, beverages or smokes
  • Always have a bucket of soapy water to clean surfaces, and utensils
Goose landing on water

During your harvest

  • Ensure that your waterfowl and animals are properly cleaned and prepared
  • Harvest only what you will need
  • Provide proper cold storage and/or use traditional smoking/salting methods for your harvest
  • Clean up your hunting area: bring back your garbage including empty shell casings

Family Values

You can be the best teacher by encouraging our elders’ teachings on family values that have been passed down from one generation to the next:

ᑖᐧᐯᐅᓰᐧᐃᓐ / Honesty

ᓲᐦᒉᔨᒧᐧᐃᓐ / Courage

ᑎᐱᐦᑌᔨᒧᐧᐃᓐ / Humility

ᓴᐧᐁᔨᐦᒋᒉᐧᐃᓐ / Compassion

ᒋᔥᑌᔨᒥᑐᐧᐃᓐ / Respect

ᒫᑎᓂᒫᑐᐧᐃᓐ / Sharing

ᑲᒌᐦᑖᐧᐁᔨᐦᑕᒧᐧᐃᓐ / Wisdom

Father and son walking and carrying rifles

“Our grandfathers and our ancestors before them practiced hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering of our traditional foods without any alcohol and drugs; this practice must continue. It is our sign of respect to our lands, rivers, air, sky and food sources, which made us survive in Eeyou Istchee. It is our ultimate responsibility and respect to all things in it and our thanksgiving to our Mother Earth. She is the breath that gives all life in the world” – George L. Diamond

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