Topic: Mi'kmaw fishery

An appeal for calm as tensions rise again over N.S. Mi'kmaw lobster fishery

Fisheries and Oceans says its monitoring and enforcement activities this summer in southwestern Nova Scotia are likely at their highest levels since the dispute surfaced four years ago.

Treaty rights an election issue, says Sipekne'katik chief

Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne'katik First Nation is calling on all levels of government to honour its agreements with Indigenous Peoples.

Mi'kmaw lobster fishing boats cut loose from wharf in Nova Scotia

Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne'katik First Nation says the nine boats were ready to take part in the band's food, social and ceremonial lobster fishery.

Sipekne'katik First Nation indefinitely postpones start of lobster fishery

The Sipekne'katik First Nation has indefinitely postponed the start of a communal lobster fishery planned for Thursday in southwestern Nova Scotia. The band said it was concerned for the safety of its fishermen and lacked resources to launch the fishery in St. Marys Bay.

Sipekne'katik pivots on controversial lobster fishery in southwest N.S.

The Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia says it will delay the launch of an out-of-season self-regulated moderate livelihood lobster fishery planned for southwest Nova Scotia next week. Instead, Indigenous harvesters will fish for lobster in St. Marys Bay under communal food social and ceremonial licences.
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As tensions rose during N.S. fisheries dispute, province balked at paying for extra RCMP

A top RCMP officer requested help to pay for extra policing costs during last fall's fisheries dispute in southwest Nova Scotia, but the province's justice minister resisted for two weeks and only agreed after two lobster pounds holding Mi'kmaw catch were vandalized.

MPs issue conflicting reports on contentious First Nations fishery

Canadian parliamentarians issued dissenting reports Thursday on implementing First Nations moderate livelihood fisheries in the Maritimes and Quebec. MPs held hearings after the Sipekne'katik band launched the first self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia last fall.

Potlotek First Nation seeks injunction against DFO over self-regulated fishery

Potlotek First Nation in Cape Breton is seeking a court injunction to prevent the Department of Fisheries and Oceans from interfering with its moderate livelihood fishery, as the dispute continues over the seizure of lobster traps.

UN committee calls on Canada to respond to claims of racist violence against Mi'kmaw fishers

Mi'kmaw lawyers Rosalie Francis and Pamela Palmater were part of the team that authored the submission on behalf of Sipekne’katik First Nation to the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Lobster stock healthy, not overfished in Canada's richest fishing ground

A new report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans indicates the lobster stock off southwestern Nova Scotia is healthy.

Treaty rights at centre of trial of 4 Mi'kmaw fishermen set to begin next month

The trial of four Mi’kmaw fishermen accused of illegal fishing in September 2019 will begin next month in Nova Scotia provincial court. They argue they have a treaty to fish outside the commercial season.

Ottawa opens door to First Nations fisheries authority

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan said today the federal government is open to the creation of a First Nations fisheries authority, if that's the direction Mi'kmaw chiefs want to take.

'Moderate livelihood' fishermen must operate during commercial season, DFO says

Ottawa will not license any Indigenous "moderate livelihood" fishery in Atlantic Canada unless it operates within the commercial season, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Wednesday, siding with a key demand from the region's commercial fishing industry, while angering Indigenous leaders.

Dalhousie introduces new specialization in Indigenous law

The JD Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous law was introduced at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law last fall.

Sipekne'katik First Nation sues Nova Scotia over restrictions on buying Mi'kmaw lobster

Sipekne'katik First Nation is suing the Nova Scotia government over regulations restricting the purchase of seafood harvested outside federal or provincial regulations, claiming the rules infringe on treaty rights.

Sipekne'katik lobster fishery closed for the season

Three months after launching a self-regulated lobster fishery in southwest Nova Scotia to significant opposition from the commercial fishing industry, the Sipekne’katik band has called its season to a close and is preparing to pull its boats from the water.

Police investigating shots fired at Pictou Landing First Nation lobster fisherman

RCMP in Pictou County, N.S., have four persons in custody after reports of shots fired Sunday in the area of Pictou Landing First Nation. The chief of the First Nation says a lobster fisherman from the band was fired at. He was not injured.

Sipekne'katik First Nation halts talks with Ottawa over fishing rights

Sipekne'katik First Nation has halted discussions with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans after suggestions put forward by the band were rejected in regard to the implementation of its treaty right to fish to earn a moderate livelihood.

Mi'kmaq stay ashore as commercial lobster season opens in largest N.S. fishing area

As the commercial inshore lobster fishing season begins in one of the largest and most lucrative fishing areas in Canada, Mi'kmaw fishers who'd typically be out on the water will remain ashore, looking for ways to make ends meet.

4th person charged with assault in Nova Scotia after lobster plants vandalized

A Digby County man has been charged with assaulting a woman two months ago after a fish plant in New Edinburgh, N.S., was vandalized. On Thursday, Meteghan RCMP charged Randy Cyril German, 49, with assaulting a woman on Oct.14.

Sipekne'katik councillor charged with vessel infraction during fishery tensions

A Sipekne'katik band councillor has been charged with unsafe operation of a vessel during the September confrontation over the Mi'kmaw fishery in the waters off Saulnierville, N.S., CBC News has learned.

N.S. First Nation, Ottawa nearing deal on lobster fishing rights

Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack says he is optimistic about a memorandum of understanding proposed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans this weekend.

DFO officers seize 500 lobster traps in St. Marys Bay

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says enforcement officers are going back to St. Marys Bay in southwestern Nova Scotia where they seized hundreds of lobster traps on the weekend in an area used by Mi'kmaw fishermen.

RCMP could mend ties with Mi'kmaq by reopening bid for N.S. 911 centre, national chief says

The Assembly of First Nations national chief says the RCMP could address its strained relationship with Nova Scotia First Nations due to the lobster fishery dispute by reopening bidding on the Mounties' new provincial communications centre.

Mi'kmaw First Nation releases catch numbers from lobster fishery

A First Nation in Nova Scotia that launched a moderate livelihood lobster fishery this year has released their catch numbers.