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IN DEPTH: Covering Nova Scotia's contentious lobster fishery

The 1752 treaty was on everyone's mind. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
The words and meaning behind the Peace and Friendship treaties of the 1700s, including one signed in 1752, underpin dialogue and jurisprudence around Indigenous rights today . - SaltWire Network file

What is happening?

"On the 21st anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's Marshall decision, the Sipeken’katik First Nation made it clear to the federal government that it is tired of waiting," SaltWire's Tina Comeau wrote Sept. 17, 2020,  as Mik'maw fishing boats headed out on St. Mary's Bay.

Two days earlier, she had covered a protest by non-Indigenous fishermen on the same Digby County wharf.
Celebrations, protests, talk and violence, along with national and international attention on Nova Scotia's coastal communities followed.

In the last week of November, Sipekne'katik First Nation received a draft fishery memorandum of understanding from federal government for review.

The Chronicle Herald's Aaron Beswick took a deep dive into the 30 years since the Marshall decision and what may happen now, regulation-wise.

Dec. 10, Chief Mike Sack of the Sipeken'katik First Nation said talks with DFO had broken off.

Jan. 12, 2021, RCMP announced they had charged 23 people in relation to Oct. 13 property crimes at a Middle West Pubnico lobster pound. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 29.

Here's a look at how tensions have built over the past 12 months

In addition to SaltWire journalists' work this fall, our staff members have been reporting on the issues for years from the wharves and offices of Atlantic Canada.


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