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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Historical records show that Canada's fur trade started around 1534 when the French exchanged European goods with First Nations people for furs. Since then trapping and trading in fur have been an important part of our history and our heritage. In Canada there are currently more than 80,000 people working in the country's 300-year-old industry. The fur they produce contributes more than $800-million to the Canadian economy.

The trapping industry in Saskatchewan includes over 3,000 registered trappers and generates between $2 and $3 million every year. Fur species are a renewable resource and many trappers depend on raw fur sales to supplement their annual income. Proper conservation management and humane use will ensure the long-term sustainability of the resource and the trapping industry.

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