Failed policies, decisions on the fly: How the moderate livelihood fishery file blew up – TheChronicleHerald.ca
Documents obtained through a freedom of information request show the federal Fisheries Department knew that 21 years of kicking the moderate livelihood issue down the election cycle had resulted in there being little rule of law on St. Mary’s Bay.
The feds knew that the bay had become a pressure cooker as two communities were pitted against one another over a limited resource.
When the top blew off, they turned to coming up with new policy on the fly while seeking a daily scorecard on evolving public opinion.
“This is about a culture (in Ottawa) that would rather avoid any conflict at all,” said Thomas Isaac, an aboriginal rights lawyer who has served as British Columbia’s chief treaty negotiator, assistant deputy minister responsible for establishing Nunavut and special representative to the minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
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