Fisheries

The Fisheries Working Group is set up under the Main Table, and reports to the Main Table.  It consists of representatives from the Federal Departments of Fisheries and Oceans (“DFO”) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Office of Aboriginal Affairs, as well the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. At present it is working on background for a submission by DFO and INAC to the Federal Cabinet for a detailed mandate to negotiate fisheries matters.  The Mi’kmaq are interested in establishing a fisheries to support a moderate livelihood, as set out in the historic 1999 Supreme Court of Canada Donald Marshall decision.  Eventually the Mi’kmaq would like to fish under Mi’kmaq laws and authorities, pursuant to Mi’kmaq harvest and management plans, with the cooperation of DFO and the other parties.