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October 27, 2020
Leadership of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) have joined the growing chorus of Indigenous governments speaking out against the violence inflicted on Mi’kmaq lobster harvests in Nova Scotia.
In an Oct. 20 press release, the IRC affirmed its support for the Sipekne’katik First Nation to exercise their right to fish, noting all Indigenous people in Canada have an inherent right to harvest natural resources to sustain themselves.
“Canada is built on treaties between Indigenous Peoples and others who now reside in Canada. Many people are unaware of how treaties function, the Constitution and the specific rights Indigenous peoples have within their respective treaties and the Constitution,” IRC president Duane Ningaqsiq Smith told NNSL Media. “IRC does not take its role lightly and was hopeful the Mi’kmaq, the provincial government and commercial fishers association would be able to resolve the matter in a way that upheld the Treaty and Indigenous rights of the Mi’kmaq.