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DFO officers greet launch of Pictou Landing treaty fishery in Nova Scotia – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on September 2, 2021134 Views

A Mi’kmaw chief harvesting lobster in northwestern Nova Scotia was met on the water by federal fisheries officers following a treaty fishery launch on Wednesday. But Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation remained defiant.

She livestreamed her encounter as she explained treaty rights to the officers. The fishery is called Netukulimk, which means sustaining resources for future generations, and her community is harvesting lobster in the waters of the Northumberland Strait.

“The only one that is preventing us is you not authorizing our fisheries. We already authorized this in our community,” Paul told the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) officers. “So we’re going to continue to do what we have a right to do, and that is to fish for Netukulimk fisheries.”

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