Here on P.E.I. and in the Maritimes we, especially we white folks, question the existence of systemic racism in our communities. The current situation with the Saulnierville, N.S. lobster fishery brings systemic racism to the front.
Legally the Indigenous people of Canada have a right to a moderate livelihood fishery. What seems to be at question is if the Indigenous people will destroy the fishery by overfishing. Two facts; the Mi'kmaq have been here for at least 10,000 years and didn’t destroy the fishery and let's look at the scale, Indigenous fishers have 350 lobster traps in the water whilst white fishers have 300,000 traps.
Jim and Myrna Wicks,