(Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – October 22, 2020:
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs Chiefs-in-Assembly condemn any acts of violence and aggression committed against the Mi’kmaw fishers and attempts to hinder Mi’kmaw members exercising their legal fishing rights and passed Resolution 2020-33 directing UBCIC to continue to take action and provide support.
We are watching with horror at the racist and violence actions being perpetrated against the Mi’kmaw as they assert their constitutionally protected Treaty Rights and carry out their lobster fishery.
Below is a call out from Seit-cha Terry Dorward, Deputy Chief Tla o qui aht First Nations, who is urging all UBCIC members to match or exceed the donation from Tla o qui aht for $1,000. We are grateful to Seit-cha for this call and we echo and support it. UBCIC will also make a donation of $2000 to support the Sipekne'katik First Nation and we urge others to donate what you can!
Please visit this living document to read background and ways to help including links to email and call your elected officials, lists of supplies needed, emails to subscribe to for updates, a list of Mi’kmaw accounts to follow and amplify on social media, and resources to share with family and friends as well as donation information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u_LF_bCFBbSijzqJgHNh4-MfpYz0hfdv/view. (See below for the current text as of October 23, 2020.)
WAYS TO SUPPORT MI’KMAQ TREATY RIGHTS AND LIVELIHOOD FISHERIES
DONATE BY E-TRANSFER:
- FRONTLINES: email@example.com
- SIPEKNE’KATIK FIRST NATION: firstname.lastname@example.org (paypal also)
- UNA’MAKI FISHERS FOR STOLEN EQUIPMENT: email@example.com
- POTLOTEK FIRST NATIONS FOR STOLEN EQUIPMENT: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EMAIL & CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. HERE IS A TEMPLATE & CONTACT INFO
AND SHARE THESE ACTIONS:
- SUBSCRIBE TO KU’KU’KWES NEWS by MAUREEN GOOGOO
- DROP OFF SUPPLIES TO THE WHARF IN SAULNIERVILLE (60 Saulnierville Rd)
- VISIT THIS DOCUMENT TO ARRANGE A RIDE OR A SUPPLY DROP-OFF
- If you work in the restaurant industry, discontinuing the sale of lobster is a way to show solidarity with the Mi’kmaq.
- Please write positive reviews of businesses which boycott lobster as they are receiving negative comments.
- Read more about Clearwater’s illegal fishing: ecologyaction.ca/clearwater
SHARE AND AMPLIFY MI’KMAW VOICES. HERE ARE ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW:
RESOURCES TO SHARE
ANGRY MOB TRAP MI’KMAW FISHERMEN AT A LOBSTER POUND
“ALL EYES ON MI’KMA’KI”
APTN, THE FACTS BEHIND MI’KMAW FISHING RIGHTS
TREATY EDUCATION NOVA SCOTIA
“We Are All Treaty People”
How to be a Treaty Person
PAM PALMATER: MI’KMAW STATE OF EMERGENCY
WARRIOR LIFE, CHERYL MALONEY ON MI’KMAW RIGHT TO GOVERN FISHERY
MI’KMAW TREATY RIGHTS, RECONCILIATION, AND ‘THE RULE OF LAW’
Commercial Fishing under Aboriginal and Treaty Rights: Supreme Court of Canada Decisions
PEACE & FRIENDSHIP TREATIES
SECTION 35, CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
THE MARSHALL DECISION:
SHERRY PICTOU, Mi’kmaq and the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework
What is Decolonization? Mi’kmaw Ancestral Relational Understandings and Anthropological Perspectives on Treaty Relations (Chapter 1)
ABORIGINAL LAND AND RIGHTS
FILM: IS THE CROWN AT WAR WITH US?
UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
“Food Fish, Commercial Fish, and Fish to Support a Moderate Livelihood: Characterizing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights to Canadian Fisheries” by Douglas Harris & Peter Millerd
AMBER BERNARD, “MODERATE LIVELIHOOD IS NOT AN ILLEGAL FISHERY”:
CBC, MI’KMAW JOURNALIST ASSESS MEDIA COVERAGE OF MI’KMAW FISHERY DISPUTE:
NOVA SCOTIA ADVOCATE, AFTER 21 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT INACTION MI’KMAW ASSERT THEIR RIGHT TO FISH:
LOBSTER FISHERY AT A CROSSROADS (3 Part Series)
‘TERRORIZING OUR PEOPLE’: N.S. MI’KMAW FISHERS HAVE THEIR PROPERTY VANDALIZED, LOBSTERS DESTROYED
VEHICLE TORCHED, LOBSTER POUNDS STORING MI’KMAW CATCHES TRASHED DURING NIGHT OF UNREST IN NS
TEMPERS IGNITE IN LOBSTER FISHERY DISPUTE