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Why Lennox Island First Nation launching a treaty fishery without federal approval is significant – CBC

May 06, 2022

The story of the moderate livelihood fishery goes back centuries

Prince Edward Island’s Lennox Island First Nation is set to launch its first moderate livelihood fishery — or treaty fishery — on Saturday.

The fishery is not authorized by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, after negotiations to reach an agreement were unsuccessful, but the First Nation says it doesn’t have to be.

To understand the significance of the decision to proceed without a nation-to-nation agreement in place, it’s important to know the history of the ongoing debate and the unique treaty rights held by the Mi’kmaq as the original inhabitants of the Maritime region.

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