We’ve produced a new and expanded edition of our booklet A Guide to Aboriginal Harvesting Rights. This guide is for Aboriginal people who want to understand their harvesting rights — the right to fish, hunt, and trap, and gather plants, fungi, and timber. The booklet explains in plain language:
- Aboriginal rights protected under the Constitution, and how they translate to harvesting rights in BC,
- Métis harvesting rights, including how to get a Métis harvester card,
- treaty rights,
- tips for harvesting outside your traditional territory,
- what to do if you’ve been charged with hunting or fishing illegally,
- how to get legal help, and
- the court process.
What’s new in this edition?
- A checklist of things to confirm before you go harvesting and what to bring with you
- More examples of what’s considered a harvesting offence, how to reduce your chances of being charged, and when it’s a good idea to get a licence or permit
- Harvesting restrictions based on conservation, public health, and public safety reasons
- Whether you can trade, barter, or sell harvest
- What to do if you want to fish outside your Nation’s communal licence
A Guide to Aboriginal Harvesting Rights is available online and in print. The previous edition of this booklet is no longer current; please recycle.