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MNO Captains of the Hunt at the MNO AGA in Kenora in August2017. Front row (left-right): Gerry Bedford (Region 8), Greg Garratt(Region 7), Acting MNO President France Picotte, Sandy Triskie(Region 1). Back row (left-right): Brian Tucker (Deputy Chief Captainof the Hunt), Ken Simard (Region 2), Tom Thompson (Region 6),Peter Rivers (Region 9), Missing Andy Lefebvre (Region 3), Art Bennett (Region 4), Richard Sarrazin (Region 5). Click here forlarger photo.
The Captains of the Hunt (COTH) play an integral role in the management of Métis rights. One COTH is assigned to each of the Traditional Harvest Territories within Ontario and is mandated by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) to have full authority over the Métis harvest in their respective region.
The COTH act as a direct line of communication between Harvesters and the MNO and MNR. They help manage the annual harvest in concert with the province of Ontario, support the implementation of the Interim Harvesting Policy and determine the appropriate management of the harvest in their respective regions. COTH also act as the liaison between harvesters and the MNO in situations where charges have been filed.
The duties of the COTH include:
The Captains of the Hunt also support the Annual Harvester’s Survey and help to gather information on the number, species and location of animals taken by MNO Harvester’s Certificate Holders.