It’s almost as if we are powerless to do anything about the Innu hunters who routinely thumb their nose at the rest of us and go in for sport killing as much as anything else. A hunt by the same bunch last year proved that it wasn’t for food - they do it simply because they know that the conservation officials and the police won’t touch them. “Treaty rights,” they’ll say while the rest of us say bullshit but can’t do anything about it.
I had a chance a number of years ago to live among the Inuit and the Innu in villages above the Arctic Circle and learned of their respect for all life, including wildlife. They took only what they needed and made use of every last scrap of skin and bone. The old and the sick were fed first and then the rest of the community had a share. They would no more think of killing dozens of caribou than they would of abandoning their child.
So why the difference? The people that do this slaughter are so far from true Innu values that I’m surprised they even call themselves Innu. I’m surprised the rest of us let them. If they want to thumb their noses at the rest of us, then cut off their cheques. Nothing else seems to get their attention.