By Don Norman
Starting today (Friday September 4), free Walleye is being distributed to residents of Sagkeeng.
The free fish was made possible via a partnership between the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation and Fisher River Cree Nation. They received $11 million from the Surplus Food Rescue Program to rescue up to 2.9 million pounds of walleye caught from inland lakes of Canada. Working with the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, the surplus product will be distributed to more than 75 Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the North. Sagkeeng is one of the communities receiving the fish.
Sagkeeng posted a notice on their website on Monday, indicating that residents have to contact the band office with contact information and treaty number to arrange pick up of their fish and that it was confirmed that the fish would be delivered on Friday September 4.
The notice also advises that off-reserve community members are also eligible and must also contact the office to arrange pickup, either in Sagkeeng or on Saturday, September 5 at the Garden City Inn parking lot, from 10: 00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Surplus Food Rescue Program is a $50 million initiative and is part of the government of Canada’s emergency response to the current COVID-19 crisis. It is a time-limited program to help manage and redirect existing surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity and to avoid food waste.