Trapline Treaty Related Measure

Posted on October 19, 2021

Erica Louie is currently doing research on traplines and will be presenting on traplines at the October 27 Treaty Information Session.

A trapline is an area for which registration is granted to one or more licensed trappers for the trapping of fur-bearing animals. Traplines exist throughout the proposed Kitselas Treaty Settlement Lands and Kitselas Area and are registered by Kitselas members and non-members alike.

Trapping is an Aboriginal Right and a trapping license and registered trapline are not required for First Nations trapping on their traditional territory for food, social and ceremonial purposes. For trapping outside of the traditional territory, First Nations are to abide by the Province of British Columbia’s Hunting and Trapping Regulations. If an Indigenous person wishes to sell furs commercially (even within their traditional territory), they would need to be registered to a commercial trapline. The Province of British Columbia is responsible for the trapline registration process. Details on applying for a trapline are available on the Province of British Columbia’s website.

After the Kitselas Treaty comes into effect:

  • Traplines that exist with the proposed Kitselas Treaty Settlement Lands will continue to be registered to the same people.
  • Trapline owners will be allowed to access the proposed Kitselas Treaty Settlement Lands to use their traplines.
  • If a trapline owner gives up or loses his or her trapline, the Province of British Columbia will not grant it to someone else again without the consent of Kitselas. Kitselas will have the opportunity to register for the trapline.
  • If a trapline owner agrees to give it to Kitselas, the Province of British Columbia will do so.

Questions About Traplines?
The Treaty Office can help direct you to the proper Province of British Columbia contacts and processes regarding traplines. Please contact Erica Louie at e.louie@kitselasdlp.ca for assistance.

Visit the Province of British Columbia’s website for details on registering for traplines.

Visit the Kitselas website for Q&As on traplines.

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