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Short Hills Provincial Park to Host First Nation Deer Hunt

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Short Hills Provincial Park to Host First Nation Deer Hunt

Ontario Honouring Treaty Rights of Local First Nation Communities

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Short Hills Provincial Park will be closed to the public November 11 and 12, November 25 and 26 and December 4 and 5, 2017 for a First Nation traditional deer hunt. The hunt will begin one half-hour before sunrise and end one half-hour after sunset.

Ontario honours Aboriginal and treaty rights, as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982, and is committed to meeting the province's constitutional and other obligations regarding Indigenous peoples. For the past five years that this hunt has taken place, the Haudenosaunee have worked with the province and the Niagara Regional Police to find suitable dates and shown respect and patience in carrying out a safe hunt in a limited area.

There are similar traditional hunts happening in a number of areas across the province, including provincial parks. First Nation hunters in Short Hills Provincial Park will only use archery equipment and will follow mandatory safety protocols.

The hunt will take place in the southern portion of the park, which has the fewest trails. Park staff will be monitoring access points to make the public aware that the park is closed for public safety.

For more information about the hunt call Melanie Milczynski, Ontario Parks Acting Southwest Zone Manager, at 519-873-4616.

Quick Facts

  • Short Hills Provincial Park is located approximately four kilometres southwest of St. Catharines, along the Niagara Escarpment.
  • For many First Nation communities in Ontario, hunting is a traditional activity that is recognized as an Aboriginal or treaty right. The hunted deer will be used by the local First Nation community.
  • This will be the fifth year that a First Nation deer hunt has been conducted within Short Hills Provincial Park. In past years, First Nation deer hunts have been held in The Pinery and Rondeau Provincial Parks, among others.

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