Hunters killed a rare white moose in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia infuriating conservationists and the Mi’kmaq First Nation. The Mi’kmaq First Nation believe that white animals are sacred and claim the white moose that was killed has been in the area for years yet they refused to hunt it.
Mi’kmaq hunter Danny Paul spoke with the CBC and stated, “We are not to harm them in any way, shape or form because they could be one of our ancestors coming to remind us of something significant that’s going to happen within our communities.”
It was Nova Scotia’s Hnatiuk’s Hunting & Fishing Facebook page that posted the pictures of the hunter with the dead white moose on October 4. The posted picture immediately began receiving comments from furious people.
Staff at the hunt shop claim they didn’t realize the significance of the white moose. They have issued numerous apologies and have been very respectful. They stated that they would be conserving the moose’s hide for the First Nations.
The Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade wrote to the hunt shop and revealed that the white moose hide will be specially prepared for a ceremony to bring a “peaceful closure and honor the Spirit of the Sacred Moose.”
In his letter to the hunt shop, Gloade wrote, “First of all I would like to thank all those who have come forth to bringing closure to the hunt of the Sacred animal. The Hype is being prepared to begin a four day ceremony once it is ready.”
"Sweats are every Thursday at MacDonald Beach beginning on a Thursday. Once the hyde is ready I will provide to Emmett to begin. I have full co-operation from the hunters, Hnatiuks Hunting & Fishing, DNR, etc. The next step is to bring peaceful closure and honor the Spirit of the Sacred Moose.”
“The time is to educate people on the Spiritual Significance of this animal and others to ensure that people understands the importance to the Mi’kmaq people so things like this don’t happen again.”
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