Study of Mi’kmaq Treaty Fishing Rights

In Committee from the House of Commons

Study of Mi’kmaq Treaty Fishing Rights

Fisheries and Oceans – October 21, 2020:

In light of the ongoing conflict in Nova Scotia over lobster fishing, the committee begins a study on the implementation of Mi’kmaq treaty fishing rights. Central to this conflict is lobster conservation and the Marshall Decision, a Supreme Court of Canada decision which confirmed Indigenous rights to fish for a moderate livelihood. The disagreement in Nova Scotia stems from a lack of a clear definition of “moderate livelihood” in the Supreme Court ruling.

Participating in the study are Mi’kmaw doctoral student Shelley Denny, Mik’Maq Rights initiative’s Allison Bernard, Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association’s Colin Sproul, as well as Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du Sud de la Gaspésie’s Claire Canet and O’neil Cloutier.