FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John council is denouncing racism after Blueberry River First Nations Chief Judy Desjarlais received a death threat on Thursday.

Desjarlais believes the threat was a response to the province’s announcement to reduce moose hunting in Northeast B.C. by 50 per cent.

Mayor Lori Ackerman has released a statement on behalf of council, condemning the racist remarks.

“The City of Fort St. John strongly denounces racism in all forms. We were dismayed and saddened to hear the horrible remarks towards Blueberry River First Nation’s Chief Judy Desjarlais regarding the province’s proposed hunting closures.” the city said.

“We value the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked on the land for time immemorial and are committed to meaningful reconciliation to continue building a shared future based on relationships and mutual respect, beginning with acknowledging, reflecting and learning the truths,” the city continued.

The city says they’ve been participating in conversations with the provincial government, local governments and First Nations regarding Treaty rights.

“During these conversations, we have been actively asking the province to own their decisions and not leave the potential for racism to be directed at our First Nations,” the city said.

Desjarlais shared the voicemail in a Facebook post, which came from an unknown number and was reported to police.

“Hey Chief, a sad white man calling you. Trying to take away our moose? F**k you. F***ing line you up and scalp all you f***ers out there,” said the man in the voicemail.

According to Desjarlais, the band has not reached any agreement with the provincial government regarding any wildlife impact within their territory.

Blueberry is currently working with the province to clarify the media release as Blueberry was not a part of their proposal to restrict moose hunting in the region, said Desjarlais.

Prior to the voicemail, Desjarlais has expressed to local media that her community had no involvement in the province’s proposal.

Desjarlais also released a joint statement with the ministers of forestry and Indigenous relations.