Fwd: (en) Canadian Indigenous People - Mi'kmaq & Maliseet

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 02:00:21 -0400


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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 01:20:45 -0400
Subject: (en) Canadian Indigenous People - Mi'kmaq & Maliseet attacked need 
help urgently
From: Chris <red@iww.org>
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URGENT:  MIKMAQ AND MALISEET INDIAN NATIONS NEED HELP Attaked after
CANADIAN SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF INDIGENOUS FISHING RIGHTS
Re:  Donald Marshall Ruling
SACRED SITE BURNED BY NON-NATIVE MOB
MNN Mohawk Nation News.  Kahnawake of Mohawk Territory.  5 Oct. 99.  One
week ago the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that according to a 1760
treaty Indigenous People have a right to fish without restriction any
time of the year.  Donald Marshall, a Mikmaq, was arrested for catching
eel out of season.  He took it to the Supreme Court and won.  Since this
favourable ruling for the Indians hundreds of non-native fishermen have
broken over 3,500 traps belonging to the Mikmaq fishermen from Burnt
Church, a native territory in New Brusnwick on the Miramichi River.
They vandalized three plants suspected of processing native-caught
lobster.   Today they burnt a native sacred site.  So far the police
have  laid no charges nor stopped these mobs from attacking the Indians
and destroying and sabotaging Indian property.

URGENT.  The Mikmaq and Maliseet People need your help.  At an all
chiefs conference yesterday the chiefs vowed to continue to exercise
their rights and support the Warrior Society.  They need help
physically, politically and financially.  The government is presently
standing back allowing the police to watch as non-natives attack Indian
people and damage their property.  The question is why is the government
allowing the non-native civilians to attack and destroy without
impunity.  In the past if the tables were turned, you can be sure native
people would have been arrested and given long prison sentences.
Instead the mobs are allowed to rule, to desecrate Indian property, to
burn native boats, to destroy lobster traps and to beat up native
people.  The Mikmaq and Maliseet Nations are asking supporters to
contact the people listed below immediately and help them, to go to
Canadian Embassies all over the world and question these tactics of
using civilians against the native.  So this is the new tactic of the
government of not sending in the army?  People are being ask to go to
international organizations to put pressure on Canada and to get
whatever political support they can for the Mikmaq and Maliseet
Nations.  Remember, the native people have every right to fish.  Because
they do so they are be threatened.  As well, they need more traps,
fishing boats, fuel for their boats, communications equipment and other
necessary supplies.  They especially need people to go there to deter
the potential for violence.

To verify this information contact:  Frank Thomas 902-448-1605; Clifford
Larry 506-776-1013; Captain 506-523-9289; Steve Marshall 902-890-1436.
Fax 902-897-2453

Supported by:
Mohawk Nation News
mohawkns@cyberglobe.net
450-632-6926
Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with the Native Peoples CASNP
casnp@cyberglobe.net

Please act and post everywhere



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