President’s Report, By Scott Sears
Hello fellow Trappers.
I hope everyone had a safe and healthy summer. With the cancellation of the Sioux Lookout AGM in August this past summer the OFMF Board of Directors made a decision to have a face-to-face AGM in Sault Ste Marie in September as it is important that the OFMF fulfills its obligations and commitments to the members along with our constitution, bylaws and policies. I am grateful to everyone who helped make this happen, and would like to thank Minister Yakabuski and MNRF Staff for participating virtually and addressing our members.
The ERO has been posted and we hope the regulation change is being made in the New Year for dispatch after dark and changes to fur buyer’s licences.
The Trapline Allocation ERO was posted in September just before our AGM in Sault Ste Marie for a 90-day period. Traplines that have been in the family for a period of time can be transferred down to family members at any time, providing the trapline is being managed properly, and no serious Fish & Wildlife offences have been issued to the upcoming trappers. Traplines with non-family members that are 02’s still have to use the succession form and the point system.
The OFMF Board are hoping to engage with MNRF in the near future on trappers being able to manage their lines and species with changes to quota allocation.
This past summer the NAFA Studio Fur School equipment for training new designers and trappers to learn how to use and sew fur has been purchased by Ryerson University. Many stakeholders in the fur industry are trying to get a fur design competition across Canada for any students attending the fashion design school. These fashion design students will have to design three patterns with wild fur, ranch fur and seal fur. They will submit their design to a jury panel who will choose 10-15 winners to attend Ryerson University for a 6-7-day design school with hands on sewing of fur. The teacher and designer will be Farley Chatto who is a well-known fur designer who has designed fur garments for Drake, Vin Diesel, Jessica Parker and George Clooney among other actors, singers and athletes. Some of the stake-holders involved in trying to get this project off the ground are IFF, Canadian Mink Breeders Association, Fur Council of Canada, Seal and Sealing Committee, FIC, OFMF, Ontario Fur Breeders, and FHA.
I think this is a great opportunity to get people involved in working with fur and to help with the fur industry. The OFMF board recently had a discussion and a vote that was unanimous to donate $5000 to this project to help get this going.
The OFMF Executive has some new faces on the board this year. Congratulations to Ted Anderson, Vice President for Central Region and Mario Antunes, Vice President for Southern Region. I look forward to working with you both for the next term. I hope everyone has a safe and successful trapping season.