Native fish talks break down in Atlantic Canada

The Ottawa Citizen
Wednesday, March 15, 2000

FREDERICTON. Defiant native fishermen in northern New Brunswick have walked away from the federal negotiating table and are preparing to go fishing -- on their terms.

Kathy Lambert, a councillor at the Burnt Church First Nation on Miramichi Bay, said yesterday the reserve has given up on any hope of a satisfactory agreement with the federal government over sharing the lobster fishery with non-native, commercial fishermen.

The government is attempting to negotiate agreements with Mi'kmaq and Maliseet communities in the Atlantic provinces in time for the spring fishing season. The season opens on Miramichi Bay on May 1.

Fisheries Minister Herb Dhaliwal and federal negotiator James MacKenzie hope to calm the troubled waters of the Maritime fishery following last year's Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of native fisherman Donald Marshall.