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Canada's Indigenous lobstermen under attack from commercial fishermen


October 21, 2020

Andrew Vaughan • Canadian Press via Associated Press

Commercial fishermen protested the launch of a fishery by members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation last month.

Jason Marr, an Indigenous lobsterman in Nova Scotia, was unloading his live catch at a storage facility last week when, he said, an angry mob of 200 commercial fishermen began pounding on the door, screaming to be let in.

Terrified, he barricaded himself inside a cold storage area, waiting for more than 90 minutes for police officers to respond to his call for help, as the crowd outside tossed rocks and a man urinated on the passenger seat of his van parked outside.

When authorities finally did arrive at the plant, Marr's ordeal was not yet over. As several officers surrounded him, he said, the commercial fishermen formed a human chain and began passing crates of lobster from the building to the shoreline, dumping more than 3,000 pounds of his live lobsters.


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