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Sipekne’katik First Nation to launch self-regulated ‘treaty’ fishery in St. Marys Bay – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on August 16, 2021163 Views

August 16, 2021

SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — Sipekne’katik First Nation is expanding its self-regulated lobster fishery in St. Marys Bay, despite concerns from the federal government.

Chief Mike Sack made the announcement Monday at the Saulnierville Wharf in southwestern Nova Scotia. He said he expected Fisheries Department officers to pull some of his band’s traps out of the water because they aren’t licensed by Ottawa.

“There’s nothing we can do,” he told reporters gathered at the wharf. “If they take our traps, we’ll get more traps and we’ll fight them (the federal government) in court for the last ones taken.”

“It’s unfortunate they come in, push their weight around and do what they want and aren’t held accountable. For me, it’s systemic racism.”

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