11/07/2016 17:10 EST | Updated 11/08/2017 00:12 EST

FSIN, province agree to rules on conservation officers entering First Nations

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations endorsed guidelines Monday pertaining to entry on First Nations reserve land.

“It just provides clarity for not only the conservation officer, but also for the community as to why a conservation officer may be in the community,” said Environment Minister Scott Moe.

“I think speaks to the collaboration to date between the Government of Saskatchewan and our First Nations communities.”

The agreement — already in place on some First Nations — formalizes a process for Saskatchewan conservation officers when entering First Nations reserves for work reasons.

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said the agreement “recognizes and respects” the treaty right to hunt, fish, trap and gather. He acknowledged that the endorsement was made possible by the good-working relationship between government entities.

One person from each First Nation will be designated as a point person. Ministry conservation officers will contact the representative before entering reserve land for law enforcement purposes.

If the contact person is not reachable during an emergency, then he or she will be notified as soon as possible.

(CTV Regina)