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A potent symbol of First Nations rights sat for years in DFO storage, but now it’s home – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201919 Views

Donald Marshall’s nets will be put on display in his Cape Breton community of Membertou

Oct 04, 2019

Jeff Ward was in the middle of a meeting last month in Truro, N.S., when he received a text that made him jump out of his chair.

It was the day before the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Marshall decision on First Nations fishing rights, and the text was from Hubert Nicholas, director of fisheries for Membertou First Nation on Cape Breton Island.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God,'” Ward said in an interview. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe this existed.”

Sent to him was a photo of Donald Marshall Jr.’s eel nets, the same ones seized more than two decades ago when the Mi’kmaw man was charged with fisheries offences, a case that would reshape First Nations fisheries in Atlantic Canada.

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