Balancing conservation and fairness in paths toward a ‘moderate livelihood’ for Indigenous fishermen – The Star

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Balancing conservation and fairness in paths toward a ‘moderate livelihood’ for Indigenous fishermen – The Star

by ahnationtalk on May 14, 202128 Views

May 14, 2021

This week the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled its report on the implementation of the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, the culmination of six months work and the testimony of 45 witnesses, academics and experts. At the heart of this study is a question of law — one of the most unique cases in Canadian history, requiring not one, but two decisions at the Supreme Court — and a question of fairness.

What is fair to the Mi’kmaq, who have been deprived of their legal right to a practice passed down for generations? What is fair to the commercial fishermen — many of whom today are of Mi’kmaq descent — who depend on the fishery and healthy stocks for their own livelihoods? There is no easy answer.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/05/14/balancing-conservation-and-fairness-in-paths-toward-a-moderate-livelihood-for-indigenous-fishermen.html

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