Do First Nation have the right to set their own fishing season?

First Nations embroiled in a violent dispute over taking the law into their own has in Nova Scotia often repeat the myth that they have a Treaty Right to fish for lobster whenever they want.
Not so fast, says retired lawyer Andrew Roman.

That’s not what the Supreme Court of Canada actually said but the myth has been repeated so often and picked up by the unquestioning media, it’s become a fact.

And so, First Nations are facing off against other fishers over their strategy to issue their own licenses and fish out of season.

It’s compelling reading.

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