‘Starting point:’ Quebec First Nation signs five-year fisheries agreement with Ottawa

Penticton Herald

An Indigenous community in eastern Quebec has signed a five-year agreement with Ottawa to develop a collaborative approach to governing the band’s fisheries.

The federal Fisheries Department issued a statement Sunday saying the Rights Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries represents a “starting point for discussions” with the Listuguj First Nation.

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan said the agreement upholds the treaty rights of Mi’kmaq First Nations to harvest and sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood.

The minister said the agreement could help the band achieve economic self-reliance by enabling band members to obtain more fishing licences, as well as more boats and gear.

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