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

17:23  21 september  2020
17:23  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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SAULNIERVILLE, N . S . — Mi ’ kmaq communities in Nova Scotia are restocking lobster traps for Indigenous harvesters after a flotilla of Colin Sproul, of the Fundy Inshore Fishermen’ s Association, has said about 100 non - Indigenous boats removed the gear of the Mi ’ kmaq fishermen and took it

SAULNIERVILLE, N . S . — Mi ' kmaq communities in Nova Scotia are restocking lobster traps for Indigenous harvesters after a flotilla of Colin Sproul, of the Fundy Inshore Fishermen' s Association, has said about 100 non - Indigenous boats removed the gear of the Mi ' kmaq fishermen and took it

a boat is docked next to a body of water © Provided by The Canadian Press

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 taken from their locations off southwestern Nova Scotia.

Colin Sproul, of the Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association, has said about 100 non-Indigenous boats removed the gear of the Mi'kmaq fishermen and took it to a wharf in Meteghan on Sunday.

Nova Scotia First Nation launches lobster fleet amid tension on the wharf

  Nova Scotia First Nation launches lobster fleet amid tension on the wharf SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — A First Nation in Nova Scotia launched its own lobster fishing fleet today, in defiance of federal regulations that say the fishery is closed for the season. About 200 people gathered at the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., as a ceremony was held to bless the fleet before fishermen set out as part of the Sipekne'katik First Nation's self-regulated fishery. The band has issued five licences, each allowing for the setting of 50 lobster traps, and band officials say three boats are expected to go out today.

SAULNIERVILLE, N . S . — Mi ' kmaq communities in Nova Scotia are restocking lobster traps for Indigenous harvesters after a flotilla of Colin Sproul, of the Fundy Inshore Fishermen' s Association, has said about 100 non - Indigenous boats removed the gear of the Mi ' kmaq fishermen and took it

SAULNIERVILLE, N . S . — A flotilla of non - Indigenous fishing boats moved into St. Marys Bay off western Nova Scotia on Sunday to remove lobster traps set by fishermen Indigenous fishermen set their traps Thursday, 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada decided Donald Marshall Jr

Sproul says the action was necessary because the federal Fisheries Department wasn't enforcing its regulations prohibiting out of season fishing.

The First Nation says its people have a treaty right to fish outside of the regular season, 21 years after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case confirmed a Mi'kmaq man's right to fish for eels at times and locations of his choosing.

Knockwood says after the traps are replenished by Mi'kmaq communities, the Indigenous fishermen will resume working when it is safe on the waters.

She says the projected arrival of hurricane Teddy over the region in the coming days will mean Indigenous fishermen will seek shelter until weather conditions have calmed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2020.

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A flotilla of non - Indigenous fishing boats moved into St. Marys Bay off western Nova Scotia on Sunday to remove lobster traps set by fishermen from the Non - indigenous boats protest the launch of a Mi ' kmaq self-regulated fishery by members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, in Saulnierville, N . S ., on

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