Bear Witness

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November 8th, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

Times have changed on the BC coast. With fewer fish and smaller trees, both animals and people are trying to adapt. For a large majority of British Columbians, killing bears for trophies no longer fits with modern values of stewardship and sustainability. Across the province, 87% of citizens agree: it’s time to end the trophy hunt for bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Even more, 92%, say hunters should respect First Nations laws and customs when on First Nations territory. Now nine First Nations on the coast have decided to take the lead. Bear Witness gives first-hand accounts of some of the reasons.