INAN - Holding lines – situation in Nova Scotia - Jan 28, 2021
Prepared by Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
I am deeply concerned for the health and safety of all individuals given what is currently taking place in Nova Scotia.
We share the concerns of Canadians across the country when we say that we unequivocally condemn these acts in the strongest terms and that the threats, violence, and racism have to stop.
A lasting resolution can only be concluded if it is rooted in the recognition of treaty rights as well as respectful dialogue between everyone involved in the fishery.
We recognize the Treaty right to harvest in pursuit of a moderate livelihood as affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada and DFO has been working with First Nations to advance this right including at current negotiation tables to implement the right in communities across the Atlantic and Quebec.
We remain committed to reconciliation and we need to continue to have meaningful conversations; that is why I have appointed a Special Representative to foster dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous harvesters.
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