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MHA’s response to homeless ‘choosing’ how they live seen through ‘white lens,’ says Inuk woman – CBC

Video of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., man thrown to the ground by officer prompts wider debate

Oct 21, 2020

A video showing a municipal police officer in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., throwing a handcuffed homeless Inuk man to the ground has spurred an independent investigation and deeper conversations about homelessness in the community, with some taking issue with area MHA Perry Trimper’s comment that the town’s homeless population is “choosing” a risky lifestyle.

On Friday, Lela Evans, the member of the House of Assembly for Torngat Mountains, posted the video of the interaction on her Facebook page, having received it from someone who witnessed the police officer arresting the man and turning on a video to document the arrest from afar.

The video shows the handcuffed man being tossed to the ground by the officer. The town has launched an independent investigation, and the officer has been placed on administrative duty.

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Over 200 Mi’kmaq Livelihood Harvesters’ Traps Seized

In recent days, authorized Mi’kmaw community harvesters, from both Potlotek and Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Communities, have had over 200 legal traps seized by the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Conservation & Protection Officers in St. Peter’s Bay. The seizure of these traps by local officers are without the authorization or authority of their Department or the Minister. This is unacceptable and unlawful.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs, along with Potlotek and Eskasoni Chiefs and Councils, have demanded the return of seized traps immediately.

Harvesters in both these communities are seeking support through donations of lobster traps or funds to purchase lobster traps to replenish the stock for authorized harvesters to continue to fish for under their community’s Netukulimk Livelihood Management Plans.

As reaffirmed in the 1999 Marshall Decision, the Netukulimk Livelihood Fishery is legal and we recognize and have heard that there are many Nova Scotians who want to support authorized Mi’kmaw Harvesters.

Physical donations can be dropped off to the Emergency Command Centre at the St. Peter’s Canal in Cape Breton and monetary donations of support can be sent via email transfer to the community directly at: [email protected]


For more information contact:

Crystal Dorey

Communication Manager

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office


[email protected]


Five things to know about the dispute over Nova Scotia’s Indigenous lobster fishery – CTV

October 20, 2020

HALIFAX — Tensions remain high in the dispute over the Indigenous lobster fishery in Nova Scotia. Here are five things to know about the situation.

1. The dispute has a long history.

In September 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy bands in Eastern Canada to hunt, fish and gather to earn a “moderate livelihood.”

The court decided that a Mi’kmaq fisherman from Cape Breton, Donald Marshall Jr., had the right to fish for eels and sell them when and where he wanted — without a licence.

That ruling was based on the interpretation of the Peace and Friendship Treaties approved by the British Crown in 1760 and 1761, which describe long-standing promises, obligations and benefits for the Crown.

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Mood at Mi’kmaw fishery camp ‘very positive’ due to shows of support, says volunteer – CBC

People from across Mi’kmaw territory helping fishers at federal wharf in Saulnierville, N.S.

Oct 20, 2020

The Sipekne’katik First Nation’s Mi’kmaw-regulated lobster fishery has faced tense and sometimes violent opposition by commercial fishery workers, but support from hundreds of Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies is reaching fishers at the wharf where many anchor their boats.

At the federal wharf in Saulnierville, N.S. — which was the launch site of the fishery — Millie Augustine of Elsipogtog First Nation has had an inside view of the support the fishery has been receiving.

She’s been volunteering at the wharf, cooking for the fishers, their fellow community members and their non-Indigenous allies.

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Voice of The People — Oct. 20, 2020 –

The way forward

I am not Mi’kmaq or a fisherman and certainly not an expert on the current dispute. But Shelley Denny’s Oct. 17 opinion piece, “Making room for Mi’kmaw livelihood fishery easier than you think,” seems like a well-thought-out, balanced suggestion on how to find a way forward and, hopefully, a peaceful resolution.

I am sure Ms. Denny has spent way more time thinking about this than our Liberal politicians have! I guess she has an interest in a resolution, whereas Justin Trudeau and his lot will want to weigh how they can derive political gain from whatever decision they come up with. As usual, they will take no risk, and certainly no blame, for something they should have resolved before it reached this state. We deserve politicians who actually give a damn!

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Halifax restaurants take commercial lobster off menu to show solidarity with Mi’kmaw fishers – CTV

October 19, 2020

HALIFAX — Lobster is disappearing from some Halifax-area restaurants and the ongoing fishery dispute is the reason.

Staff at the Dear Friend Bar in Dartmouth, N.S., made a decision back in September to stop offering lobster on the menu because of the incidents in southwest Nova Scotia.

“We wanted to see if there was a way to shine more light on the issue but also support the Indigenous fisherman,” said Matt Boyle, the bar and restaurant’s co-owner.

Kourash Rad, owner of the Garden Food Bar and Lounge in Halifax, made that decision over the weekend.

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Police failing Indigenous in lobster dispute: Minister – BNN

HALIFAX — Canada’s Indigenous services minister said Monday that police in Nova Scotia have failed to properly protect Indigenous people embroiled in an ugly dispute over lobster fishing.

Marc Miller made the comments about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after a turbulent weekend in the Atlantic province, where a lobster pound was burned to the ground and police accused one person of assaulting a Mi’kmaq leader and another of setting fire to a van owned by an Indigenous fisherman.

For weeks, Indigenous fishermen have said they are being targeted with harassment, vandalism and violence from commercial harvesters.

“Indigenous people have been let down by the police, those who are sworn to protect them,? Miller said. “The protection of people on both sides has to prevail, and clearly that has not been the case up until now.”

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Media Statement: False Information from Chief Mike Sack

Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack recently posted on Social Media for people to call our staff at Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO) to ask about the $88 Million offer that was discussed and to shelf our treaty rights for 10 years.

DFO did put an offer on the table earlier this year and we refused all of the $86.6 million Rights Reconciliation Agreement and access through banked licenses.

Accepting those two offers would have limited our access to the fishery and impacted our Rights. That is not acceptable.

The Assembly, or KMKNO, would NEVER agree to any offer that

impacts or jeopardizes our Treaty Rights!

Instead, we continue to move forward with our exercise of self-government and continued to develop our own community Netukulimk Livelihood plans. We are working with our community members on where, when and how they will harvest and exercise their rights to a moderate livelihood.


For more information contact:

Crystal Dorey
Communication Manager
Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office
[email protected]


Assembly Provides Strong Messages to Ministers

Yesterday the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs (Assembly) met with Minister Bernadette Jordan, DFO; Minister Carolyn Bennett, CIR and Minister Marc Miller, ISC to further discuss how the Mi’kmaq will be exercising their right to fish for a moderate livelihood.

The Assembly pushed for Canada to accept the Community Netukulimk Livelihood Fishery Management Plans, as these plans have been developed by communities, and have been provided to and accepted by the Assembly. The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia are well within their Rights to fish under these Plans and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) needs to recognize that authority.

In the meeting, questions were asked to Minister Jordan on their miscommunication to enforcement officers who are still seizing gear authorized under Community Management Plans. The Assembly demanded that if traps authorized by the community have been seized, they must be returned immediately.

“We are frustrated,” said Chief Terry Paul, Assembly Co-Chair and Fisheries Lead. “We are trying to do what’s right and are developing plans where conservation and safety concerns are addressed so that our people can exercise their rights safely. DFO must stop seizing authorized gear and harassing our authorized harvesters. Working Nation-to-Nation with us is the only way forward.”

The Assembly continues to be firm that DFO needs to justify why the Mi’kmaw communities cannot create our own access to our fisheries and continue to push DFO to come to the table to formally consult the Mi’kmaq.

“We have developed very strong plans for moving forward, and it is time that DFO comes to the table to talk about it,” concluded Chief Paul.


For more information contact:

Crystal Dorey

Communication Manager

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office


[email protected]


NB Government: Small Business Week, Oct. 19-24

19 October 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Arlene Dunn, minister responsible for Economic Development and Small Business and the minister responsible for Opportunities NB, in recognition of Small Business Week, taking place Oct. 19-24:

Small Business Week provides New Brunswickers an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the significant contribution entrepreneurs make every day in our province.

Small businesses have a big impact. There are more than 26,000 small businesses operating in our province, employing more than 200,000 people. This accounts for almost 60 per cent of employment and includes a growing number of companies that are operated by newcomers to Canada, those that are operated by indigenous New Brunswickers and by entrepreneurs with disabilities.

As the new minister responsible for Economic Development and Small Business and for Opportunities NB, I look forward to meeting and working with the dynamic entrepreneurs who continue to move our province forward.

I know the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to many small businesses and I want to reassure you that our government is prepared to work with you as we confront the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Our government is listening and we are providing New Brunswick’s entrepreneurs the tools they need to accomplish their dreams and help keep our economy growing.

We will continue to support entrepreneurs and small businesses as they help our economy grow. As a government, it is our job to create conditions that allow businesses to thrive and succeed. We have reduced the small business tax to allow businesses to invest more in their own operations. Our small business tax rate is 2.5 per cent, tied with Nova Scotia for the lowest rate east of Manitoba. Additionally, our government remains committed to reducing red tape for businesses, by $14 million by March 31, 2021. This reduction will allow business owners to spend less time focusing on regulations and spend more time running their businesses and growing New Brunswick’s economy.

In addition to this, Opportunities NB is working with businesses across the province to develop new high-growth opportunities. They have business development executives in five regional and seven satellite offices and they are an excellent first point of contact for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Opportunities NB has assisted hundreds of companies to develop growth plans, make connections to export opportunities, make links to a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and gain access to funding.

Our government remains focused on business growth and on supporting families. Supporting small business is essential to achieving these goals. I thank each small business owner in the province for what they contribute to the community and to the economy.

Media Contact(s)

Dave MacLean, communications, Economic Development and Small Business, [email protected]


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