Commencement of Fall Lobster Fishery Sunday September 26, 2021

September 24, 2021, Listuguj, QC –


On Sunday, September 26, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation will launch its fall lobster fishery. We will launch our fishery in keeping with our inherent rights and responsibilities in our ancestral lands and waters of Gespe’gewa’gi.

Mi’gmaq are the sovereign nation of present-day Mi’gma’gi, also known by Canadians as Atlantic Canada. Mi’gma’gi is comprised of seven districts, and Listuguj is situated in Gespe’gewa’gi, the largest of the seven. What is less well-known Canadians is that still today, Mi’gmaq have sovereignty, that is jurisdiction and laws. What this means is that Mi’gmaq have an inherent right to govern our own affairs on lands and waters including how we make decisions about communal lobster fisher.

In Mi’gmaq, some Elders have described our authority this way: “Weja’tegemgeg wesgijinuiteg Nnu, Mi’gmawa’j, ne’gaw geggung aq e’w’g assusuti siawiango’tmn sipu’l, nme’jg, nipugtl, wi’sisg, aq sisipg ula tet Gespe’gewa’gig, lluignegewei maqamigew Migma’gig. Ula assusuti wejiaq Gisu’lg.”  In English, this teaching translated this way: “Ever since the Mi’gmaq were born, we have always had and used our authority to continue to care for the rivers, fish, woods, animals, and birds, here in Gespe’gewa’gi, the Seventh District of Mi’gma’gi. Our authority comes from the Creator.”

Our inherent right comes from the Creator, from our relations with our territory and waters. In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada (Marshall 1999) recognized that the Mi’gmaq have a treaty right to fish and sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood. Aside from the treaty right, the Supreme Court recognized that the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in 1700s, were as valid today as the day they were signed.

From the perspective of the Mi’gmaq, Peace and Friendship Treaties allowed settlers to establish communities, governance institutions, and put in place legislation to govern the activities of its citizens. Nowhere in the Treaties does it say that the Crown (present day Canada) can exercise exclusive jurisdiction over fish and fisheries. In fact, Treaties are to be interpreted as a framework for recognizing British and Mi’gmaq sovereignty- including our laws and governing structures.

Today, we exercise our fishing rights in the fishery. The right to access, manage and make decision in accordance with our inherent right, jurisdiction and sovereignty. As a community we pass laws (Salmon, Lobster, etc) and we put in place governance structures for the effective exercise of our jurisdiction.

With that said, in 2019, Listuguj passed a Lobster law, which states that when interpreting our law one must be mindful of the following principles:

Ango’tmu’q: “Taking care of something in a careful manner.” Ango’tmu’q also suggests “acknowledgement” and “responsibility” when using the resources of the territory, e.g., “I take care of it.” As Mi’gmaq, we acknowledge our territory, our lands, waters, and all life forms that have sustained our nation for generations;

Apajignmuen: “Sharing” and “giving back” to one’s community, thereby strengthening relations. Mi’gmaq customary practices, ceremonies, and feasts, as well as information sessions and meetings, are ways of giving back. Apajignmuen also implies having gratitude, being aware, and being grateful for what has been given to you;

Gepmite’tmnej: “Respect.” In caring for the lobster, we need to respect that everybody brings knowledge and has a role to play in fishery management. We need to recognize and incorporate both Indigenous and scientific knowledge into decision-making processes; and

Welte’tmeg: “We agree in thought.” This is a form of consensus-building to reach a shared agreement. Elders emphasize that, as Mi’gmaq, we need to work together to come to an agreement about how best to take care of the lobster. We can achieve welte’tmeg through building awareness, education, sharing, and exchange of views. Welte’tmeg requires that we be open to other views, experiences, and possibilities.

With these principles in mind, it is the responsibility of the LMG Natural Resource Directorate to develop annual fishing plans. Under the Listuguj Lobster Law, the fishing plan promotes a sustainable fishery, with safe and equitable community access across the Bay of Chaleur.

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government supports community members who participate in our community management system in the following ways: registering as a fisher, registering their vessel, fishing regulated tags, and give back to the community.

As a self-governing community, it is our responsibility to promote sustainable access with proper monitoring and enforcement.

The fishery is governed by the community’s own law—the Listuguj Lobster Law—and is monitored by the community’s own enforcement agency—the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Rangers.

This year the fishery will run from September 26th, 2021, to October 10th, 2021.

Second Call-Out for Available Housing Units

This is a second notice to apply for the Rapid Housing program that allows for community members in a vulnerable situation to access new affordable housing units.

Please fill out the application by Thursday, October 7th, 2021.

Housing Units will be given to applicants who fit the program’s criteria fixed by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Listuguj Housing Policy. Please note that filling out an application does not guaranty a unit. Sending a letter to Chief and Council will provide NO further impact or influence on the applicant’s priority. Selection is made by the RHI committee.

Main Selection Criteria:

  • Total household revenue of under $35,000 per year, for the last two years,
  • Being in severe housing need, such as but not limited to experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

If you’ve already filled out the form during the first call-out and that your situation remains the same, you do not need to fill out another form. All applicants with a completed application will be given equal consideration by the RHI committee. If your situation has changed, please contact Jennifer Jerome at Natural Resources Building (418-788-3022)

For more information or to submit a completed application, contact Jennifer Jerome at the Natural Resources Building 418-788-3022

Final Day for Lobster Tag Registration

A reminder that Natural Resources will be Registering Lobster tags one last day today September 23,2021 at the Natural Resource Building, 44 Dundee Rd from 8:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Those who want to register for tags, can do so by calling Paige Boyd at 418 788 3022 or visiting the office.

See the PDF for complete details below

Tag Holder Information Sheet 2021

Lobster Tag Registration Reminder

A reminder that Natural Resources will be Registering Lobster tags for the following three days starting Today, September 21, 2021 to September 23,2021 at the Natural Resource Building, 44 Dundee Rd from 8:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

See the PDF for complete details below

Tag Holder Information Sheet 2021

Lobster Fall Fishery Fall Guidelines

The Natural Resources Directorate would like to announce the Rules for the 2021 Lobster Fall Fishery. Attached in the documents provided in this post outline the rules for the 2021 season.
The Natural Resources Directorate is also now accepting Registrations for Fishers and Vessels to participate in the 2021 Fall Lobster Fishery.
Please read the rules in the document provided before completing a registration form. Fisher and Vessel Registration will close September 17, 2021 at 4:30pm.
The Vessel Registration form can be completed online at: Vessel Registration
The Fisher Registration form completed online at: Fisher Registration
See attachment for details on all Lobster Fishery Rules here: Community Posting – Rules Governing the Fishery 2021

Request For Proposal: Ranger Review

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, through the Public Security and Natural Resources directorates, is seeking proposals from qualified firms or individuals to conduct an evaluation of the LMG Ranger program.

See the attachment below for the Request for Proposals.

Request For Propsoal_Ranger Review 2021-VR 2


Caplin Road Construction Partial Road Closure

To maintain site safety and to allow the contractor to complete the work efficiently, it is required to close a short section of Caplin Road to through traffic not including residents. Residents in this section of the road will be accommodated throughout the closure. The section of Caplin Road that will be closed for approximately three (3) days is located just south of Alder Street to Riverside East Road on Caplin Road (see attached map).

The road closure is scheduled for Today, August 31st, 2021 around 12:00 PM and should be complete by the end of September 9th, 2021.

We recognize that the planned work will be an inconvenience, and your patience during these upgrades is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions concerning this subject, please feel free to contact us at the numbers below.


Listuguj Mi’Gmaq Government


Capital and Infrastructure – Listuguj Mi’Gmaq Government                        Tel:(418) 788-3022


Water Test in Listuguj

Due to the repairs made over the weekend to the water pipes, a water-boil advisory was issued.

However, the water has since been tested for potability and the results demonstrate that that the water is safe for drinking.

As a result, there is no longer a need to boil drinking water

Water Pressure Update

IMPORTANT UPDATE: A broken flange located in the main water well feeding the community was the cause of the low water pressure. It has now been repaired. However, as a precautionary measure, please do not drink the water unless it has been fully boiled. Tomorrow, the water will be tested for potability.
We will continue to update our community as it progresses.

Ground Breaking Ceremonies this Afternoon

A special reminder that we will have two Ground Breaking Ceremonies this afternoon August 17th, 2021.
The first one will be for the new Social Services building at 1:45pm outside in front of the Gignu.
The second Ceremony will be for the new Natural Resource building (NR2) which will be held at 3:30pm outside at Natural Resources (44 Dundee).
We encourage everyone to please, wear a mask and practice safe COVID-19 guidelines.
We hope to see you there!