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The West Block
October 18 2020 11:00am

Bellegarde says calm needed in fisheries dispute ahead of work to define key right

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde says while there is work to be done on defining the treaty right of Mi’kmaq lobster fishers to fish for a “moderate livelihood” amid a worsening dispute with non-Indigenous fishers, the first step needs to be cooling the escalating tensions. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Bellegarde said the current situation, which saw RCMP standing by as a violent mob attacked two Mi’kmaw lobster fishing compounds in southwestern Nova Scotia last week, is “not acceptable.”

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