Traditional use of the Range Lands
the community sessions, the elders explained to the Commission
that portions of the PLAWR represent their traditional
hunting, trapping, and fishing grounds. The following
summarizes the evidence as to traditional land uses in
the area of the range.
The Joseph Bighead First Nation went north of its reserve
to hunt, trap, and fish in and around Primrose Lake.
The Buffalo River First Nation used to trap and hunt around
Watapi Lake, which is just inside the range lands. In
addition to their value for food harvesting, the range
lands were important to the Buffalo River people because
they travelled by road across those lands to meet their
relatives at Cold Lake.
The Waterhen Lake First Nation hunted and trapped in the
area around Lost Lake, and would go as far as Primrose
Lake to hunt and fish. Flotten Lake also figured prominently
in the elders? Discussion of hunting and trapping patterns
at the Waterhen Lake community session; the area west
and north of Flotten Lake was described as the old hunting