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NDP MLA accuses province of ‘confrontational’ tactics in removal of trapper’s cabin – CBC

Feb 13, 2020

Sask. Environment says it had been working with the trapper about alternative locations since 2016

A northern Saskatchewan NDP MLA says the recent removal of an Indigenous trapper’s cabin in the province’s north is “really frustrating and angering a lot of people.”

Buckley Belanger said “frustration is so high” over Saskatchewan Environment’s decision to haul away Richard Durocher’s cabin from a site near Pinehouse last week, an approach he called “confrontational” and “heavy-handed.”

Durocher said he built the cabin, situated about 40 kilometres north of the village, after his application to put it there was denied by the province.

Saskatchewan Environment said it had been working with Durocher, a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, since the fall of 2016 to find an alternate site for the cabin before removing it last week.

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