Traditional meat for a busy Christmas

© Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald From left: Wes Clark of the Prince Albert Food Bank, Grand Chief Ron Michel of the Prince Albert Grand Council, Chief Bobby Cameron of the FSIN and Chief Peter Beatty of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

A big donation of elk, moose and boar hunted by First Nations across Saskatchewan will help the food bank keep up with the Christmas rush

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations was in Prince Albert Monday to drop off a shipment of elk, moose and wild boar to the food bank.

Hunting parties from more than a dozen First Nations across Saskatchewan tracked down the animals, donating most of the meat to their urban members. But the federation, which represents First Nations people across the province, collected about 2,000 pounds for shelters and food banks in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Regina.

It’s about helping their members. Data show that 90 per cent of food bank clients this spring were First Nations or Métis. But it’s also about exercising their rights for a good cause.

“For us at the FSIN, it was about implementing and exercising the powers implicit in the treaty right to hunt,” Chief Cameron said. “It signifies and symbolizes that our inherent treaty rights are still alive and well.”