"Since September 17, fishers of the Sipekne’katik First Nation have been violently targeted by non-Indigenous lobster fishers in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). On the day the Sipekne’katik First Nation were set to launch their first self-regulated fishery, they were met with violence and intimidation. This violence has escalated into the destruction of Mi’kmaq property, fisheries and resources by non-Indigenous lobster fishers. The Sipekne’katik First Nation have a right to fish as protected under the 1752 Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which guarantees the Mi’kmaq right to earn a “moderate livelihood” from hunting and fishing."


"Early this week, leaders of the Membertou and Miawpukek First Nations, both of which are Mi’kmaq communities, reached an agreement to buy Nova Scotia-based Clearwater Seafoods in a deal worth C$1bn. The Mi’kmaq bands would become co-owner of North America’s largest shellfish supplier – and have exclusive access to its coveted offshore fishing grounds in Nova Scotia, which they say will bring more jobs and prosperity to their communities.

Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul, who orchestrated the deal on behalf of the Mi’kmaq buyers, said the acquisition would create an enduring legacy for Mi’kmaq communities." 

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