National Center for First Nation Governance (NCFNG)
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"On May 19, 1993, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation Government took over the management of the salmon fishery in the Restigouche River where it flows between the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec – waters the Listuguj Mi’gmaq people had fished for many generations. They did so not under a contract with provincial or federal authorities – the province of Quebec in fact opposed them. Nor did they do it by asking permission or receiving a request from some other government – they asked no permission and received no such requests.
"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."
"November/December 2010. In this issue: "Youth Fishers: Pride in Being Mi'gmaq" by Meredith Bernard, Assistant Director's Message, a spotlight on the Ugjit Sma'gnisg vessel written by Christopher Metallic, and "The Crown's Duty to Consult and Accommodate" by Dr. Fred Metallic."
"January/February 2011. In this issue: "Honouring Listuguj Fishers," Assistant Director's Message, "Fisheries Continues its Governance Planning, "Traps and Smolt Wheels: Making Sure the Salmon - and our Rivers - are Healthy" by Pamela Isaac, "Snow Crab Fishing Rights and Compensation Resolution," and a spotlight on the John Duncan 'Vessel of the Month'."
"This recent issue of the commercial fisheries newsletter contains information on the governance of the sector. It explains the vision for and future of Listuguj Fisheries, the process for restructuring the sector as well as the purpose of the Fisheries Management Board."
"The Listuguj Fisheries Sector's long-term viability within the fishing industry is for the benefit of its community members and, therefore, the Listuguj Mi'gmaq leadership supported the Commercial Fisheries Sector to undergo a thorough review of its various fisheries and to seek the input of community members in the development of new governance structure"
"The Listuguj communal fisheries are composed of many aspects. Initially, this sector came into being through the unfolding of key historical events and continues to thrive by honouring our traditionally-inherited Native rights to fish"