Ottawa affirms Mi’kmaq treaty rights in Nova Scotia lobster dispute

SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — The federal government is affirming the Mi’kmaq First Nation’s treaty rights in an ongoing dispute with non-Indigenous fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia. Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan and Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett released a statement Monday saying the Mi’kmaq have a constitutionally protected treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate […]

N.S. Mi’kmaq bands restock lobster traps after gear removed by non-Indigenous boats

By The Canadian PressMon Sep 21 2020 09:07 SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia are restocking lobster traps for Indigenous harvesters after a flotilla of non−Indigenous fishing boats removed the gear from St. Marys Bay over the weekend. Rhonda Knockwood, the director of operations for Sipekne’katik First Nation, says about 350 traps were […]

Lobster protests: Nova Scotia RCMP arrest two at wharf in Weymouth

By Michael MacDonaldFri Sep 18 2020 19:20:42   WEYMOUTH, N.S. — Two people face assault charges after being arrested Friday at a wharf in western Nova Scotia, where there were reports of ugly confrontations over a First Nation’s commercial lobster fishing operation.   Some non-Indigenous fishermen say they believe the Indigenous business is illegal because […]