The McGill School of Social Work stands in solidarity with the Wetʼsuwetʼen Mi'kmaw fishery
Published: 23 October 2020
The protests over the Mi'kmaw fishery have escalated to indefensible racist acts of intimidation and violence by non-Indigenous community members against the Mi’kmaw fishers. The McGill School of Social Work denounces the racism, vandalism, and violence being used against the Mi’kmaw fishers of the Sipekne'katik First Nation and stands in support of their right to fish without intimidation. The rights of the Mi’kmaq to fish is established in the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and upheld in the Marshall Decision of 1999. Indigenous rights must be acknowledged, honored, respected, and protected. The federal government must act immediately to protect the rights and lives of the people Sipekne'katik First Nation.