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Nova Scotia lobster fishery protest finds its way to Hamilton

Indigenous Lobster protest at the Province House in Halifax, N.S., Oct 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lee Brown

The impact of violent disputes over an Indigenous-run lobster fishery in Nova Scotia is being felt in Hamilton. A caravan of about 40 vehicles participated in a rolling blockade Tuesday afternoon on the Lincoln Alexander Expressway and Red Hill Valley Parkway. Organizers said their slow-moving caravan would head down Queenston Road to the RCMP detachment in Stoney Creek to protest the lack of action from the federal government.

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The dispute in the Maritimes became violent after a southwestern Nova Scotia First Nation launched a self-regulated commercial fishery, in accordance with their treaty rights, outside of the federally designated fishing season. The Mounties are investigating several assaults that targeted Indigenous people and properties, and a suspicious fire over the weekend destroyed a lobster plant that stored the Mi’kmaq catch.

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