James A. Michael: Supreme Court’s recognition of treaty gives Mi’kmaw fishing rights force of law – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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James A. Michael: Supreme Court’s recognition of treaty gives Mi’kmaw fishing rights force of law – TheChronicleHerald.ca

by ahnationtalk on August 25, 2020130 Views

Aug 25, 2020

Re: “DFO, First Nations Rights Reconciliation fisheries negotiation tables ‘are not open to members of industry,’” your Aug. 17 story about a survey commissioned by fishing industry associations as part of their lobbying effort to be included in Department of Fisheries and Oceans consultations with First Nations.

To understand this issue, it is important to understand the significance of Aboriginal and treaty rights in the context of the commercial fishery.

The Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia have a legal right to fish and to sell that fish to earn a moderate livelihood. This is a treaty right recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada. As a treaty right, it is enshrined in the Constitution through Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

As your story referenced, the Supreme Court of Canada dealt with this issue in the Marshall decision in 1999. The Marshall case came before the court as an appeal of a conviction against Donald Marshall Jr.

Read More: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/local-perspectives/james-a-michael-supreme-courts-recognition-of-treaty-gives-mikmaw-fishing-rights-force-of-law-488662/

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