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Canada responds to United Nations after Mi’kmaw treaty fishery complaint – CBC

Apr 01, 2022

Heritage Department won’t release details of response to UN complaint made by N.S. First Nation

Canada submitted its response last month to a United Nations committee after Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia asked the international body to investigate violence against Mi’kmaw fishers during the “moderate livelihood” lobster fishery in the fall of 2020.

However, the federal Heritage Department, which is the lead agency handling the human rights reporting file, said Canada’s submission will remain confidential.

Last year representatives from Sipekne’katik submitted information to the UN’s committee on the elimination of racial discrimination following the October 2020 burning of a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., where Mi’kmaw fishermen were storing their catch.

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