Mi’kmaq Fishing Rights: The Potlotek First Nation & Fishermen’s Union

In Committee from the House of Commons

Mi’kmaq Fishing Rights: The Potlotek First Nation & Fishermen’s Union

Fisheries and Oceans – October 29, 2020:

MPs hear from representatives from the Potlotek First Nation and the Maritime Fishermen’s Union for the committee’s 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 disaccord in N.S. stems from a lack of a clear definition of “moderate livelihood” in the Supreme Court ruling.

Speaking to the committee are Potlotek First Nation’s Chief Wilbert Marshall and Justin Martin; Eastern Shore Fisherman’s Protective Association’s Peter Connors, and Maritime Fishermen’s Union’s Martin Mallet and Kevin Squires.