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Aseniwuche Winewak letter calls on Parks Canada for negotiations – Fitz Hugh

Nov 9, 2023

One week after two First Nations came together in Jasper National Park for a harvest and hunt, a third band has come forward with its own request for the same consideration.

In a letter to Supt. Alan Fehr dated Oct. 27, David MacPhee, president of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (AWN), expressed his band’s dismay that both the Simpcw First Nation and the Stoney Nation were allowed to hunt in a national park and increase their role in the management of the park.

“AWN calls on Parks Canada to immediately enter negotiations with AWN to restore our access to the Park and to prioritize our involvement in the co-management of Jasper both as the Park’s current neighboring Indigenous peoples and its former inhabitants,” he wrote.

“We also insist that Parks Canada consult with AWN prior to implementation of the Simpcw and Stoney agreements to ensure that Canada understands and can address any potential impacts of those agreements on AWN’s rights and outstanding claim to Park lands.”

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