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In solidarity with the Mikmaq people of Nova Scotia

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The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) stands with the indigenous peoples of Canada as their struggle for justice continues on a daily basis, and reaffirms its condemnation of racism, discrimination, intimidation, acts of violence and all forms of hatred. In response to the recent events in Nova Scotia, the CTF/FCE supports the Mi’kmaq people as they exercise their inherent treaty rights, as affirmed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to engage in a moderate livelihood in the lobster fishery. This right was established in 1760-61 through the Peace and Friendship Treaties and upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada through the Marshall decision in 1999. 

In solidarity, we ask our members in Nova Scotia and everywhere to act in harmony with Indigenous peoples. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we call for inherent rights in Mi’kma’ki to be defended, the law to be maintained, and an immediate resolution to the unjust conflict experienced by the Mi’kmaq people.

Shelley L. Morse