The We Wai Kai Nation has issued a statement denouncing the actions of one of its members after a video surfaced online of a deer being killed.
Chief Brian Assu and the nation’s council say they do not authorize the use of a firearm on Quinsam reserve land and last Friday’s event near Campbell River does not represent their traditional practices of harvesting deer.
A video that was shared on Snapchat last week showed a deer being shot, having its throat slit and bleeding out, even though it was still alive.
The We Wai Kai Nation says the incident has sparked outrage in the community.
They say they are fully co-operating with RCMP and the BC Conservation Office in their investigation.
The statement mentions a well-established policy that the use of firearms is prohibited in We Wai Kai Nation communities.
““This is an unfortunate event. We aren’t clear why this individual did what he did,” Assu said.
“But we are going to do our part to ensure that it doesn’t happen again by taking culturally appropriate action.”
Chief and the council said they intend to continue efforts to ensure harvesting animals is carried out using safe and humane practices.