“They’re not here, they haven’t been here”: Chief of Netmizaaggamig on the MNR

By Clint Fleury Local Journalism Initiative The Chief of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg First Nation is standing firm on his stance about over-fishing and netting in White Lake. Dougall Media spoke with Chief Louis Kwissiwa on May 6 at a checkpoint erected at White Lake by Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg First Nation in an effort to curb poaching during the walleye spawning season. The checkpoint, which has been operating for just over a week, is monitored 24/7 by members of the community. “We received information that fish were being netted during their spawning season. It’s very important for us to conduct these checkpoints so we don’t have any illegal activity from people of the Lake Huron region. That’s why we’re here: to protect our spawn, protect our fish, protect our waters, and to protect…

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