LISTUGUJ, QC, April 18, 2021 / CNW / – Government of Canada – Government of Listuguj Mi’gmaq
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Building on this commitment, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Bernadette Jordan, and the Crown Indigenous Relations Minister, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, along with Chief Darcy Gray of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq government announced today they have agreed to a groundbreaking plan to promote reconciliation in fisheries.
The Five-Year Renewable Fisheries Rights Reconciliation Agreement covers areas of mutual interest and will help foster better relationships with and outcomes for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq community by:
enforcement of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on the right of Mi’gmaq First Nations’ Treaty to harvest and sell fish for a moderate livelihood, supported by cooperative talks based on mutual respect and understanding;
reducing socio-economic gaps by supporting the Listuguj Mi’gmaq’s ability to engage in fisheries – for economic self-reliance – by gaining additional access to fishing, for example through permits and quotas, as well as vessels and fishing gear; and
establishing a jointly developed and collaborative approach to fisheries management.
This Agreement was reached in the spirit of cooperation and in a manner consistent with Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Federal Principles governing the relationship of the Government of Respect Canada with indigenous peoples. This includes recognizing the inherent jurisdiction and legal orders of indigenous nations, and that these are the starting point for discussions focused on interactions between federal and indigenous jurisdictions and laws, including those related to fisheries.
The agreement will promote the implementation of rights and make real progress on issues of major concern to the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation. Having a long-term agreement will not only benefit the Listuguj First Nation, but will also aid the wider fishing communities in Quebec and New Brunswick by helping ensure stable, predictable and sustainable fisheries for all harvesters in the region.
The Mi’gmaq have fished the Atlantic coast for centuries and have the inherent right to continue that way of life. With this agreement, Canada and Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation will work together to make that right visible in a productive, sustainable fishery that will bring greater stability, opportunity and prosperity to the Listuguj people and local communities. It shows a real partnership between our nations, achieved through the spirit of reconciliation. “
The Honorable Bernadette Jordan, Secretary of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
“Today is another step forward on our shared path of reconciliation with the Listuguj Mi’gmaq. We will continue to work together on shared priorities and rebuild our relationship.”
The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Secretary of Crown Indigenous Relations
“This agreement marks a new chapter in our relationship with the Crown. Canada has finally recognized that Listuguj has authority over our rights and our fisheries and that we are using our own indigenous laws to exercise that authority. We will now be able to work with Canada. on a government-to-government basis to ensure that our fisheries are safe and sustainable and contribute to our community for generations to come. ”
Chief Darcy Gray, Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government
The Listuguj Mi’gmaq government is one of eight Mi’gmaq communities in GESpe’gewa’gi, all of which have a treaty right to hunt, fish and gather for a ‘moderate livelihood,’ as confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada . 1999 Marshall Decrees.
The first talks between the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation and the Government of Canada on the Fisheries Reconciliation Agreement began in 2018.
SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada
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