CBC Radio certainly gave the impression that it was the First
Nations leadership who cancelled the deal, not, as this piece
indicates, that DFO put the First Nations in an invidious
position by refusing licences to others.
Michael W. Posluns,
The Still Waters Group,
First Nations Relations & Public Policy

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Tension returns to lobster fishery 
WebPosted Mon Nov 29 21:22:32 1999 

YARMOUTH, N.S. - Confusion and anger marked the first day of the lobster season in 
south western Nova Scotia after an agreement between native and non-native fishermen 
broke down. 

INDEPTH: Fishing Fury
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The Mi'kmaq blame the problems on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 

The chief of the Acadia First Nation, Deborah Robinson, says she reached an agreement 
with non-native fishermen that would allow both groups to fish in the same season and 
under the same rules. 

But she says federal officials wanted to limit non-native fishermen to only six 
licences, that translates into 2,200 traps. Robinson says that wasn't part of the 

"I never made a deal for six units. I would never limit anyone who wanted to make a 
living and they were doing it responsibly." 

Robinson says there is no limit on how many native fishing boats will be allowed in 
the water. She says under the Supreme Court decision native fishermen don't need 
federal licences. 

"We have the commercial right to the fishery upheld in the Supreme Court, so we don't 
need licences. 

But the federal fisheries minister doesn't see it that way. Herb Dhaliwal said Monday 
the department has the right to regulate the Mi'kmaq fishery. 

DFO officials removed 25 lobster traps from Halifax Harbour Monday because they didn't 
have proper tags. The two native fishermen who had set them complied when asked to 
take them out of the water. 

As for non-native fishermen, they say there could be trouble on the waters again if 
native fishermen don't have to follow the same rules. 

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