In our daily life, we hear about the caribou. For a while, it seems that the caribou populations in the Canadian provinces are on the decline. The fact is that caribou herds have been increasing again, and some areas have seen increases of more than forty per cent in the last ten years. This increase has given hope to the First Nations and Inuit people, that they may be able to once again hunt and trap caribou in their traditional territory. However, with this increase in the numbers of caribou, many of the First Nations and Inuit people who used to depend on caribou hunting as a main source of income, are being forced out of their communities to find employment elsewhere.
This in part is causing the caribou hunters to search for other opportunities, as well. Many caribou hunters now go into the cities that they have left their home to seek employment. The caribou spirit is strong in these areas, so they often times join up with other caribou hunters and bring their skills with them. They provide their skills to one another, building team spirit and camaraderie through their willingness to share the spoils of their hard work. This spirit of togetherness and commitment can help boost the economy through this time of economic downturn We are caribou.
Other countries are now getting into the act as well. Quebec has announced that they will be holding a large caribou hunting event next year. And earlier this month, Ontario’s environment minister said that the government will be holding a” Caribou Management Strategy” workshop in the fall. These workshops are designed to strengthen the economy through the sense of community that has been created by the number of hunters coming together in these areas. The increased tourism and stimulated economy will help the economy recovery as well.
As the economy recovers, the caribou population will likely decrease slightly. That’s bad news for hunters. However, the overall spirit of the people in these regions is one of strong support for future generations. Whether it’s the hunt, the fishing, or the fact that these animals are so important to the Canadian economy, Canadians are proud of their archery industry and are willing to do what it takes to keep it going. If the caribou hunting ban comes into effect, it could be a dark day for Canadian archers but don’t give up hope. The spirit of the Canadian archers will live on, and it will be back stronger than ever.
Hopefully, the United States will follow suit with their own efforts at conservation through the caribou management plan. We are aware that the US has a very large archery industry. We are also aware that the federal government has been supporting this for over 10 years now. It’s time that the United States follows suit and supports this important industry. The spirit of the Canadian archers will endure, and the economy will recover; and you will get to enjoy the beautiful sights of nature while still preserving the archery heritage that makes Canada unique.
Hopefully, this really is the beginning of the end for the caribou hunt, and it may just be the beginning for the decline of the archery industry in Canada as well. However, we can expect to see a better population of caribou next year in Alaska. That’s not saying there won’t be caribou around Canada in the future, but we can expect that future archers in Canada will have the support of the government and the economy to help them grow, and to keep them thriving. Please consider all this and the archery hunters of Canada that do so as well.