Survival and sustenance: Muscowpetung FN brings back bison amid COVID-19
July 31, 2020
MUSCOWPETUNG SAULTEAUX NATION — While COVID-19 outbreaks are forcing Saskatchewan’s Hutterite communities to pause or adjust long-held traditions, at the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, the pandemic is a chance for the community to reconnect with its traditions and ensure a stable food supply, if a lockdown scenario is needed.
The First Nation, about 60 kilometres northeast of Regina, has introduced on to its land 15 bison, all to be slaughtered if Muscowpetung or neighbouring First Nations need food in the event they have to close access to their communities to contain a viral spread.
Newly elected chief Melissa Tavita made it her first task, with help from Muscowpetung’s councillors and elders, after band members elected her to the post in April.