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Weekend video: All eyes on Mi’kma’ki

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – This weekend we present All eyes on Mi’kma’ki, an excellent documentary short on Sipekne’katik fishers’ struggle to assert their treaty rights and establish a moderate livelihood fishery to support the community. 

We meet fishers, treaty enforcers and supporters, and we get to witness some of the disturbing racist harassment directed at them by commercial non-Indigenous fishers.

The 1752 treaty means everything to me. All the treaties are important but especially that one provides for our moderate livelihood. To me it means everything for our future, everything for my kids.    

Robert Sylliboy

The documentary is made by  Mi’kmaw video producer Brodie Young, Joce Ma’sl, Alexa Metallic, and Cheyenne Isaac-Gloade. 

Check it out, you won’t regret it.

By the way, if you are thirsty for more, I highly recommend the video of Pam Palmeter’s conversation with Cheryl Maloney about the same topic.

Cheryl Maloney, daughter of Reginald Maloney, the long-time chief of Sipekne’katik and a fierce treaty advocate herself, explains in great clarity why the recognition of the rights to earn a moderate living are so crucial to her community.  

See also: “Moderate livelihood is not an illegal fishery” – Mi’kmaq fishermen question if reconciliation is real

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