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N.S. Mi’kmaq bands restock lobster traps after gear removed by non-Indigenous boats –

September 21, 2020

Indigenous chiefs in Nova Scotia are calling on the federal government to denounce what they described as racism and violence directed towards the Mi’kmaq people following a weekend of tension in St. Marys Bay.

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs met with Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan and with Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday morning, a day after a flotilla of non-Indigenous fishermen removed about 350 lobster traps off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia.

“Non-Indigenous fishers and citizens are putting the safety of our people at risk,” Chief Terrance Paul said in a statement following the meeting.

The federal government and the RCMP, he said, “must address the harassment and illegal activities taken against our people and they must enforce and charge those who to are cutting and stealing our traps, shooting flares at our boats, and threatening the lives of our people.”

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