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In 1999, the Union of Ontario Indians implements trapping licensing system establishing the Anishinabek Nation Trapping Authority and began negotiations with Ontario and Canada.
The Trapping Harmonization Agreement between Canada, Ontario and Anishinabek Nation was officially signed in 2005, for five years. This historic signing means that the UOI will be taking administrative responsibility for the issuing of trapping licences for its member communities, however it continues a partnership with both the federal and provincial governments to resolve long standing issues as required.
The principles that guide the implementation of the Anishinabek Harmonization Trapping Agreement are respect for and promotion of the cultural and traditional harvesting activities of the Anishinabek people and harmonization of the UOI and the Ministry systems.
It is necessary for the Union of Ontario Indians, Ontario and Canada to continue to work together in a co-operative spirit to achieve  the goals of respect for the Anishinabek rights, traditions, conservation, values, ecological sustainability, sustainable management of furbearers and the marketing of pelts in an orderly manner.
Anishinabek people were involved in fur trading activities long before the first Europeans arrived. Furs were a source of clothing, shelter and ornaments. Intensive trading activities took place among nations and tribes throughout the continent with furs playing a vital role in the current day economy.
Trapping of furbearing animals is one of the oldest activities in Ontario. Commercial trapping dates back to the 16th century, with the arrival of European explorers and settlers. Long before that, trapping was a way of life for Anishinabek people.
Today, trapping remains a socially and economically important activity for many people in Ontario. The province is considered one of the world's leading suppliers of wild fur. Trapping also plays an important role in current wildlife management.
Anishinabek people have always had a special relationship with the land. First Nations in Ontario have taken a lead role in developing relationships and partnerships with Ontario and Canada to ensure trapping remains an integral part of First Nation culture and traditions.


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