The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia are creating a framework that will govern how we can exercise our rights. We’re exploring how we – as Mi’kmaq – can provide for our communities and families today and ensure sustainability for tomorrow.
We still cannot exercise our right to fish and sell our catch without fear of harassment, equipment seizures, and prosecution by law enforcement.
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed all charges, recognizing that the Peace and Friendship Treaties from 1760-61 affirm the right to earn a moderate livelihood from fishing.
Donald Marshall Jr – a status Mi’kmaw from Nova Scotia – was charged and prosecuted for violating three federal fishing laws while fishing for eels to sell to help support himself.
British and Mi’kmaq Nations made Peace and Friendship Treaties, establishing trading posts where Mi’kmaq could trade furs, feathers, meats and fish in exchange for basic necessities.