Protect Indigenous Fishermen From Potentially Racially Motivated Attacks

Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Protect First Nations fishermen from seemingly racist attacks.

Fishermen of Canada’s Mi’kmaw Nation have reportedly suffered attacks from non-Indigenous Canadians angered by their traditional fishing rights. Facilities used to store lobsters were apparently raided and vandalized and a fisherman’s van was set on fire, destroying hundreds of lobsters, while Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack was allegedly assaulted by one of the attackers. Mi’kmaq fishermen claim the right to fish in what is normally an off-season period based on centuries-old treaties with Europeans, since upheld by a Canadian Supreme Court decision.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is obliged to address relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. However, so far he has only tweeted his disapproval of the alleged attacks without providing any concrete assistance to the Mi’kmaq fishermen. Sign the petition below to demand that he intervene to protect Indigenous Canadians’ legal rights, livelihoods, and personal safety.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Recently reportedly attacks on Indigenous fishermen are a threat to the safety, dignity, and welfare of Canada’s oldest populations. The apparent disrespect shown to centuries-old customs and rights is unacceptable in modern Canada, and is frighteningly reminiscent of racial unrest that occurred in the 1990s.

As prime minister, you are bound to mediate disputes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. I demand that you answer calls from tribal leaders for assistance in protecting their property and safety from seemingly racially-motivated attacks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis




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