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SOLIDARITY WITH MI'KMAQ LOBSTER FISHERIES
[Photo shows sign with a picture of a lobster and states "We are watching. Uphold Treaty #1752. Sherbrooke" held up by two individuals. Source: The Globe and Mail]
The words we wrote in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Peoples continue to ring true months later as persistent colonial hegemony continues to be on full display in Canada. On September 17, 2020, the Sipekne'katik First Nation sought to exercise their Treaty rights and launched a self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia. They were quickly met with hate and vitriol by non-Indigenous commercial lobster fishers who harassed Indigenous boats, cut traps, destroyed catches, and even set a lobster pound on fire.
If the link to racism and colonialism wasn't already clear, many commercial fishers harassing Indigenous boats were also waving the Acadian flag.
To join us in supporting Mi'kmaq lobster fisheries, check out our statement here.