It’s time to stop the killing and to address the real problem – corruption. All the reasons for the annual deer hunt in Dundas Valley, all the stories to justify it, turned out to be either false or no longer valid and yet, the annual deer hunt continues.
There is no overpopulation of deer in Dundas Valley Conservation Area any more. Their numbers are down, the damage that they have allegedly caused non-existing. Instead, the intrusion of residential development into the Dundas Valley ecosystem continues, (despite the infamous HCA plan to protect it), destroying deer crossings, as well as further limiting and fragmenting deer habitat. Public concerns about violations of building permits and related policies, reported to local authorities and provincial politicians by local residents, were ignored or dismissed. This indicates that mechanisms other than protection of environmental integrity of Dundas Valley, protection of wildlife, and protection of its unique character are a priority, today. Since no reason or explanation for this new approach was officially given to the public, we assume that our “leaders” are hiding the real agenda from us and we suspect that corruption is part of this reality.
The so called “Nanfan Treaty” has been proven wrong and false, both historically and legally, but this has not changed the official position of the relevant authorities on the topic of the annual deer hunt. The governments have not responded to evidence demonstrating that the Nanfan Treaty is a hoax. Officials continue to co-operate with the Haudensaunee (Six Nations) hunters, which, again, indicates that agendas other than reasons officially shared with the public are at play.
I personally suspect that there is a lot of pressure and a huge demand on the valley’s prime land and that some officials see it as an opportunity. It appears that some rich people, who have friends in the right places, make political donations, and perhaps share some cash under the table, get their way. It appears that getting rid of the deer is the first step in preparing the land to be sold and used for residential purposes. Aside from the demand and money, our provincial government is giving up on conservation in order to avoid conflicts with the Six Nations, even though the Haudensaunee demands are fraudulent, historically unjustified, and legally wrong.
It is really hard to imagine what else could have caused such a change in the attitudes of our officials. Not long ago, protecting Dundas Valley, its ecosystem and its wildlife were seen as priorities. It seems that this is no longer the case.
- Intro: Why we oppose the deer hunt in Dundas Valley Conservation Area
- Part 1: Haudensaunee deer hunting in Dundas Valley – a “treaty right” or a fraud?
- Part 2: “Conveyance of lands by the Native American Chiefs of the Five Nations”
- Part 3: The “Nanfan Treaty” – legal considerations
- Summary update on outstanding issues
- Protection of Dundas Valley deer and ecosystem neglected by officials
- Development and construction in environmentally sensitive parts of Dundas Valley
- Christie Lake Conservation Area must retain its character
- Hamilton Conservation Authority destroys Dundas Valley trails