Mi’kmaq Fishing Rights: Assembly of First Nations Weighs In

In Committee from the House of Commons

Mi’kmaq Fishing Rights: Assembly of First Nations Weighs In

Fisheries and Oceans – October 26, 2020:

The committee continues its study of the implementation of Mi’kmaq treaty fishing rights to support a moderate livelihood. Central to the fishery conflict in Nova Scotia 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 N.S. stems from a lack of a clear definition of “moderate livelihood” in the Supreme Court ruling.

Participating in the study are Assembly of First Nations’ Chief Paul J. Prosper, regional chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government’s Chief Darcy Gray; Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association’s Michael Barron; and Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association’s Bobby Jenkins and Ian MacPherson.