"The Aboriginal peoples of Canada stand in a different legal relationship to the fisheries than non-Aboriginal Canadians. They do so by virtue of a long history with the fisheries that precedes non-Aboriginal settlement in North America, and because of the constitutional entrenchment of Aboriginal and treaty rights in Canadian law.
"The fishers living in Alert Bay and Ahousaht provided me with many details about how the distribution and abundance of various species had changed at and around salmon farming sites. I wanted to know how the Ahousaht's and Namgis' fishing activities had been altered by the presence of fish farms. However, the people I spoke to did not encourage questions concerning the fish farms as much as they did questions having to do with fish as food.
"The Mi'kmaq have a deep and rich relationship with Ka't (American eel - Anguilla rostrata). While the Mi'kmaq continue to harvest Ka't for food, their relations with and use of eel also embody important cultural meanings and practices. Ka't occupies a notable place within many ceremonial settings, is used for medicinal purposes and, as a consequence of the ways in which Ka't is shared, is central to traditional relations of reciprocity. Implications for the revitalization and empowerment of Indigenous cultures are drawn from the lessons evident in this case study."
"The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement sets out Inuit fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering rights in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area (LISA) and makes specific provisions for those who live outside of LISA. Harvesting issues are managed by the Renewable Resources division."
"Back in the winter of 2009, Listuguj Fisheries introduced the first of a series of informative newsletters to the community. This first issue contains information on the public consultation sessions, professional development training of harvesting personnel as well as on certain key legal cases that have affected the First Nations fisheries sector. "
"In September 2010, the second commercial fisheries newsletter was published and distributed. Articles in this issue: "Listuguj Responds to Reduction of Snow Crab Quota," "Assistant Director's Message," "Restricting Commercial Fisheries," "Managing the Lobster Fishery," "Harvesting Under Mi'gmaq Law," and "Listuguj Fishers Trained as Captains.""
"October 2010. Articles in this issue: "Mi'gmaq Food Fishery: Fishing for Food or Treaty Rights?" by Dr. Fred Metallic, "Assistant Director's Message," "Lobster Food Fishery," "Fisheries Meetings Protect Out Treaty Right to Fish," "Using the Tools of Technology" by Meredith Bernard, "Keeping Our Vessels Functioning at Optimal Levels," as well as a spotlight on the G.C MacDonald vessel and extra information about governance and consultation sessions."
"The lobster food fishery for Lennox Island is a long term project. Any Lennox Island Band Member 18 years of age will have the option of either applying to receive one tag for their own use or apply to have the Band fish their lobster for them."
"Requests for social or ceremonial tags must be received, in writing at least 10 days prior to the social or ceremonial event. Unless the event is for the community, you must supply your own bait and traps. Please provide the following information in your request"
"In 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling in the Sparrow decision. This decision found that the Musqueam First Nation has an Aboriginal right to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes."