MANSFIELD March 3, 2018
Lines were dropped into the Grand Marais all Saturday long as a fishing tournament at the organizing group sought to highlight the traditional practice of joining in the communal activity.
Just over 60 anglers hit the river, joining Algonquins Off-Reserve, Fort Coulonge for their annual event that saw prizes distributed to the kid and adult divisions alike.
“We do this for the culture,” said Roger Fleury, Chief of the band. “We’ve always held this fishing tournament because fishing and hunting is traditional [activities].”
Fleury explained that by continuing to host events that work as community builders, the Algonquins Off-Reserve hope to share their message of respect for the land and traditional Indigenous lifestyles. He further said that fishing would be an activity that benefits the entire community, as the fruits of their labour would be shared amongst the whole community.
“We don’t say, I caught a big fish and you can eat your minnow, we share,” said Fleury.
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