“The enemy of a healthy fishery is not the Mi’kmaq, but corporate profiteers like Mayer-Murphy and Risley who are bent on depleting this resource and resisting Mi’kmaq treaty rights. The Mi’kmaq fishery deserves our full support, while the corporate fishery should be shut down,” writes Chris Frazer.
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.
Liz Goodridge reports on the weekend she spent on the Saulnierville wharf, while Tonya Francis offers up some powerful photos.
“This is our children’s future; this is why we do this. This is why we have been here for 21 years. If we don’t stand up and protect our treaty rights now, who is going to do it down the road?” Journalist Amber Bernard reports from the Saulnierville wharf.
This weekend’s documentary, Martha Stiegman’s In defense of our treaties, looks at the fishers of Bear River First Nation, in Annapolis County, who proudly held on to their treaty rights and insisted on fishing the waters of the Bay of Fundy on their own terms, not on terms imposed by the Department of Fisheries.
We first posted this video in 2016, but with all that’s happening these days in Digby County, not all that far from Bear River, a re-post is warranted.
Media release: Effective immediately, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chief is declaring a state of emergency due to political unrest for the whole of the mainland of Nova Scotia.
What’s playing out in the waters off Digby is complex, but the bottom line is that both non-Indigenous fishermen and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are trying to stop Mi’kmaq from exercising their treaty rights.
The report on Cornwallis is a good piece of work, but ironically, when it comes to how we reached this milestone moment, the report erases a long history of resistance to the statue and all that it stands for, much of it led by Mi’kmaw women.
800 people gathered on the Halifax waterfront on this Canada Day afternoon to protest Israel’s illegal plans to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank.
Online forum, Thursday June 25, 6 PM, excellent speakers!