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Why were Indigenous crews in Canada shot at with flares for fishing?

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Commercial fishermen – who say they fear overfishing of lobster – have been accused of vandalism and harassment

The mood was joyous among a group of Indigenous fishermen as they hurled lobster traps into the choppy waters of the Atlantic. Moments earlier, they had left a small harbour in eastern Canada, with nearly 200 supporters cheering them on.

“It was a very exciting and rewarding day for our community and our people,” Sipekne’katik First Nation chief Michael Sack says. “These were the first licences that we had been issued, and our people were pretty excited to be able to get fishing.”

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If commercial groups are so concerned about conservation, maybe they should limit the number of traps they’re setting

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