An Ancient Bond with the Land

Maritime Peoples

Maritime People Today

Today there are fewer resources of the land and sea in Atlantic Canada. First Peoples no longer depend on the land for all of their living, although hunting, logging and fishing remain important commercial activities.

"We have survived Canada's assault on our identity and our rights.... Our survival is a testament to our determination and will to survive as a people. We are prepared to participate in Canada's future - but only on the terms that we believe to be our rightful heritage."

Wallace Labillois, Mi'kmaq Elder, New Brunswick

Maritime People Today  ( 5 minutes 14 seconds )

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In recent years, Court challenges by First Peoples have led to a reaffirmation of many traditional rights in relation to resource use. This is especially true for the commercial fishery, where increased competition for rapidly diminishing resources has created a growing crisis.

Conservation and management issues are critical to the use and survival, of these resources. Atlantic First Peoples continue, in partnership with governments, to develop and set up programs for conserving and managing lobster and fish stocks.

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© Canadian Museum of Civilization, First Peoples Hall, Zone 3, Contemporary Epilogues

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