Today marks the beginning of the 40th-annual Thompson fur tables. This is a two-day event in which Manitoba trappers have the chance to showcase and sell their catch of raw pelts. The event will be held today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow (Dec. 21) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hall on Cree Road.
In the late 1970s the provincial government and federal government joined hands to revive the declining wild-pelt trade and work towards increasing profits for Northern trappers. Since then, about 200 to 300 trappers travel to Thompson to take part in the yearly fur tables event.
The annual fur tables allow us to come together and celebrate this traditional practice that provides for the livelihood of families, and allows trappers to share their knowledge helping to maintain the practice. Also, those attending this event have the chance to interact with one another and collectively learn about furbearer harvest and management methods.
The fur tables will include activities such as the Manitoba Trappers Association (MTA) trap sales, displays, craft tables, door prizes, a trappers raffle and kids’ activities.
This year’s buyers are the North West Company, Fur Harvesters Auction, and Fab Fur. Just last year, trappers were able to make over $300,000 from the sale of pelts. I believe this year’s sales will be promising and could possibly even exceed that of last year! This event helps bring in thousands of dollars that are invested in our local economy.
It’s wonderful to have so many people come out and support this venture, and more importantly, our trappers! I would strongly encourage you to make a stop there this weekend.
I look forward to meeting with individuals in my constituency over the next few months and to continue to address our communities concerns. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 204-677-2744. My office address is 402-79 Selkirk Avenue and the office will be open over the holidays.
Happy Holidays everyone!