Letter to Minister Jordan re: Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in the community of Saulnierville, NS


September 29, 2020

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Dear Minister Jordan,

We are writing on behalf of our 20,000 members in the Atlantic Region. We are extremely concerned with the recent events unfolding about the Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in the community of Saulnierville, NS.

As a Nova Scotian, you see the impacts in our province. Our population is getting divided and tensions are rising because of the inaction of the federal government. Our fisheries officers, who are proud public servants and members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), are placing themselves at risk while performing their duties and the fishermen themselves too are placing themselves at risk while fishing in this highly tensed climate.

This is a dangerous situation that could escalate very quickly. We have seen similar situations unfold such as in New Brunswick in 1999. Let’s make sure that history does not repeat itself. We urge you to act immediately in bringing the parties to the table in order to reach a settlement respectable to all. As we go down the path of truth and reconciliation, let’s remember that the Mi’kmaw have established treaty rights in Canada.

Yours truly,

Colleen Coffey                                                            Joey Dunphy
Regional Executive Vice President                             Director for Indigenous Members
Public Service Alliance of Canada, Atlantic                Public Service Alliance of Canada, Atlantic

cc.:       Danny Cavanagh, President, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

            Anna Goguen, Regional Coordinator, PSAC, Atlantic

            Atlantic Regional Council