Community Announcement – 2020 Lobster Fall Fisheries

The 2020 Lobster Food Fishery will begin September 20, 2020 at 6:00am and end October 4, 2020 at 6:00pm. The effort allocated for this season will be 235 traps for a total of 14 days. The LMG will fish 60 tags, and the remaining 175 tags will be divided amongst the Fishers. Vessels and Fishers must register with the Natural Resource Directorate (NRD). Community members wanting tags can register at the NRD. Please see the attached Schedule.

If you have questions or concerns, do no hesitate to contact the Natural Resources Directorate at (418) 788-3022. Please note, no disrespectful behaviours towards employees will be tolerated, and could result in denial of service.

Vessel Registration and Vessel Safety

If you are a vessel owner, and would like to participate in the fall lobster fishery, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Vessels must be owned by a Listuguj band member (proof of ownership is required).
  • Vessels must be registered with the Natural Resource Directorate (see ‘VESSEL REGISTRATION’ form below).
  • Vessels need to meet the safety and environmental requirements outlined in Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Compliance Program (https://tc.canada.ca/en/programs/small-vessel-compliance-program).
  • We encourage vessel owners to register with Transport Canada. The NRD can assist you in your registration.
  • If multiple fishers are sharing one vessel, there cannot be more than three (3) fishers per vessel. There are no limits on deckhands.

Applications were accepted until September 11th at 4:30 p.m.

The Fisheries Coordinator will contact you if your registration was accepted.

Fisher Information

If you are a community member who would like to fish lobster this fall, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Fishers must register with the NRD (see ‘FISHER REGISTRATION’ form below).
  • Fishers have access to a proper lobster-fishing vessel that is registered with the Natural Resource Directorate.
  • All Fishers must be a Listuguj band member.
  • Fishers are required to sign a lessee agreement.
  • Fishers are required to honor individual tag holder agreements.
  • All Fishers must respect the Conservation Harvesting Plan, Order in Councils, and community License Conditions.
  • All traps must be tagged using the Gespe’gewa’gi Fisheries Tag provided by NRD
  • All Fishers must have access to the own fishing and safety gear.
  • If multiple fishers are sharing one vessel, there cannot be more than three (3) fishers per vessel. There are no limits on deckhands.
  • All fishers must be onboard to check their respective trap. Fishers cannot check the traps of another fisher. Special circumstances must be pre-approved with the Fisheries Coordinator if you cannot check your own traps.

Applications were accepted until September 11th at 4:30 p.m.

The Fisheries Coordinator will contact you if your registration was accepted.

Community Tag Distribution Information

If you wish to receive a tag, and have a fisher catch lobster for you, you must register in person at the natural resource building from Monday, September 14, 2020 to Thursday, September 17, 2020 during regular working hours.

  • There are 175 tags available for community members. First come first serve basis.
  • To avoid delays in your application, please be ready to identify your Fisher of choice.
  • There is no guarantee your tag will go to your Fisher of your choice, and may be given to another fisher.
  • The NRD will give your tag to the fisher directly.
  • If you receive a tag, you cannot get lobster from the community line-up or Elder delivery. Your lobster will come from the Fisher.

Lobster Cooking and Distribution

Cooking will occur each day of fishing. All lobster will be cooked at the Natural Resource garage building. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. everyday. Please wear your mask and respect social distancing!

  • Community members must arrive on-site to receive cooked lobster.
  • First come, first serve basis!
  • Lobster availability depends on weather conditions and catches.
  • Listen to CHRQ for schedule changes!

Elder & Disability Delivery

Community elders and disability patients can contact Joanne Martin at (418) 788-3022 to get their name on the delivery list. Delivery days will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until the season ends. To be on the delivery list, you must call Joanne Martin each delivery day.

Click here to download the Fall 2020 lobster fishery schedule.

 

Migwite’tm 2020

Given the circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak, the LMG is unable to host the annual Migwite’tm commemoration event.  This year, the LMG is taking a different route by hosting a virtual and socially distanced event to remember and honour June 11, 1981.

On the evening of June 11, 2020 we will be hosting fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. at Moffat’s Landing. We are encouraging everyone to watch the fireworks from your home or from your vehicle at the wharf, Casino 88, the Education Complex or Moffat’s Landing. If you need to arrive on foot at Moffat’s Landing, please wear a mask, with the exception of children under the age of two or people who have difficulty breathing. We are encouraging all families to social distance and stay in your bubbles.

Colouring Contest:

The colouring pages can be downloaded below. Printed copies are also available at the Post Office and local convenience stores. Once you have finished your colouring page, take a photo of it and send it to Macy Metallic or Emma Metallic at macy.metallic@listuguj.ca or emma.metallic@listuguj.ca or via the LMG Facebook page. With each colouring page that is submitted, your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a prize! Contest deadline is June 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

#Migwitetm2020 Photo Contest:

Send us a photo of your best catch, best river view, or what do you do to honour and remember Migwite’tm ’81. You may post your photos (old or new!) to Facebook or Instagram using the #Migwitetm2020. ***Please make your posts public. Once your photo is posted, your name will be put into a draw for a chance to win a prize! Contest deadline is June 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

From June 1981, a story of resistance to on-going settler state acts of violence in Listuguj was told and an evolving memory of resilience was shared for the generations to come. We hope to not only remember and honour those who witnessed and experienced the raid but to also start to think about ways in which new and untold stories can be told from this event.

 

Download and print colouring pages here:

Migwite’tm Colouring Page 1

Migwite’tm Colouring Page 2

Migwite’tm Colouring Page 3

Listuguj Salmon Fisheries 2020

 

Listuguj Salmon Fisheries 2020

 

May 27, 2020 – Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the consequential restrictions imposed by the Government of New Brunswick, Listuguj has faced unique challenges, including increased economic uncertainty, job losses, store closures and unprecedented difficulty in accessing nutritious foods. This had led to changes to the Listuguj Salmon Fishing Plan 2020 to meet our basic needs.

On May 27, 2020, Chief and Council approved the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nations Fishing Plan – Atlantic Salmon 2020 at a duly convened council meeting. The Listuguj salmon fishery will begin one week earlier on May 27, 2020, and will end July 26, 2020 (St. Anne’s Day). Given Listuguj’s current reality, including lack of access to nutritious foods, due to the province of New Brunswick’s border enforcement, the early salmon fishing season will provide community members with access to traditional foods to meet their basic needs during this crisis.

All Listuguj salmon harvesters are to respect the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nations Fishing Plan – Atlantic Salmon 2020 on the entire Restigouche River watershed and estuary. Please consult the Listuguj Salmon Fishing Plan for more information, including fishing schedule.

For more information, please contact the Listuguj Rangers at 418-788-2222. For media requests, please contact Hilary Barnaby, Acting Communications Manager, at hilary.barnaby@listuguj.ca.

 

LMG Salmon Fishing Plan 2020

Mother’s Day Lobster Distribution Update

To honour the mothers in the community, the Natural Resources Directorate will be delivering cooked lobster to each household on Friday, May 15, 2020, starting at 12:00 p.m.

Please note, due to delays in the lobster fishery, lobster is only available after Mother’s day. The department will make all efforts to ensure each household receives lobster. You must be home to answer the door to receive lobster. No bags will be left on the door step.

Lobster Distribution 2019

The lobster food fishery was set to begin this Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.  However, the season has been delayed.  Community lobster distribution will now begin Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.  Please stay tuned for more updates.

2019 Salmon Fishing Season

 

2019 Salmon Fishing Season

 

On June 4, 2019, Chief and Council met at a Duly Convened Chief and Council meeting to discuss Salmon Management and the opening date of the 2019 Listuguj Salmon Fishery.

Chief and Council would like to remind the community that all salmon fishers are to respect the Salmon Fishing Plan established in the 1995 Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation Law on Fisheries and Fishing (also known as the Salmon Law). More so, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Rangers will enforce the Salmon Fishing Plan on the entire Restigouche system, including New Brunswick waters.

Fishing season will begin on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, at 4:00pm and end Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:00am. Fishing is strictly forbidden on Mondays and Tuesdays. Fishing times are from Wednesdays at 4:00pm to Mondays at 8:00am, N.B. time.

For an official public notice of the opening date, fishing schedule, and fishing plan, please contact the Listuguj Rangers at (418) 788-2222.

Annual Fishing Plan Community Meeting

The Natural Resource Directorate (NRD) hosted a meeting with community salmon harvesters on May 22, 2019 at the Natural Resource building. A total of 18 community members were in attendance.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the annual fishing plan as per the Mi’gmaq Salmon Law. A presentation was given that covered the areas of salmon history, the current management regime, scientific activities, stock status, and the 2019 draft-fishing plan. A good and open discussion followed.

Many of the proposed changes were generally accepted, with some feedback to consider. The NRD has recorded all the feedback it received and will review the plan to accommodate the community needs.

A second meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, May 23, 2019 at the Elders Lodge. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Supper is provided. We hope to see you there.

Thank you to all who attended, as your feedback is critical in developing and managing community based fisheries!

 

Natural Resources Directorate Staff

Nationhood in Action at the Honouring our Land Mawiomi

Grand Council members, elected leaders, Elders, academics, community members, and youth assembled at the Honouring our Land Mawiomi on March 21-23 in Listuguj. Over this three-day event, participants shared stories, songs, and engaged in active conversations about moose harvesting, nation building, and the transmission of Mi’gmaq knowledge to the youth.

The discussion responds to an ongoing concern raised by several communities about moose hunting on Mi’gmaq territory without properly requesting permission of local communities. In the fall of 2017, Chief Darcy Gray met with the Grand Chief of Kahnawake to express Listuguj’s concerns and to remind him that there is a traditional protocol of asking, and waiting for permission, when hunting on Mi’gmaq territory.

Chief Darcy Gray

The talks at the Honouring our Land Mawiomi culminated in the acceptance of a Proclamation that recognizes that Moose harvesting by Mi’gmaq should be in keeping with Mi’gmaq law including the concept and practice of Netugulimg. The Proclamation does not say ‘how many moose’ Listuguj community members, or others, can harvest. Rather, the Proclamation is intended to open the doorway and provide a foundation for Listuguj to adopt its own regulations for the responsible and respectful management of moose resources.

Pam Palmater, Mi’gmaq activist, author and lawyer, delivered a keynote talk at Alaqsite’w Gitpu School for Siggw Culture Day as part of this mawiomi. Palmater emphasized that nationhood is about taking action and is expressed in the ways we live. She added that it is critical that nationhood talks include Youth.

Pam Palmater speaking to Grand Council and Alaqsite'w Gitpu School students

Pam Palmater speaking to Grand Council and Alaqsite’w Gitpu School students

“You are the ones who need to be actively engaged in nation building right now on a daily basis. Our nations, especially the Mi’gmaq nation who has suffered five hundred years of colonization, we actually need you in nation building. We need you to be leaders right now, warriors right now, caregivers right now.”

At the gathering, Elders and youth raised concerns about safety, about respecting hunting areas, and about how to share the moose meat with community. Others raised concerns about over harvesting and emphasized the need to use all parts of the moose. There is a clear need and desire for communities to develop their own moose harvesting protocol.

“This event was a learning opportunity. It was about opening up that dialogue for people to share, to build, and to contribute. We are coming out of this event with guiding principles to develop our own moose harvesting plans. This is not our last gathering, it is the beginning and continuance of something bigger,” said Chief Gray.

Gji-Geptin Antle Denny

Gji-Geptin Antle Denny

Jaime Battiste (Treaty Education Lead at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey in Nova Scotia) delivered a powerful presentation about Mi’gmaq self-determination and Treaty Rights. He played the following video during his presentation: Click here to watch a video on Treaty Education in Nova Scotia.

“We have persevered through famine, disease, and genocide,” said Battiste. “Relationships are the most important thing and our rights [to our land] have been there all along.”

Gji-Geptin Antle Denny of the Grand Council echoed this assertion by emphasizing how governance is rooted in families, language, and connections with Mi’gmaq ancestral lands.

Corey Metallic, Jasmine Labillois, Luke Labillois and Danny Paul

Danny Paul, Luke LaBillois, Jasmine LaBillois, and Corey Metallic  (L to R)

Other highlights from the mawiomi include: three (3) facilitated discussions with approximately one-hundred participants. Paige Isaac and Denny Isaac facilitated A’tugwaqann (stories from Gespe’gewa’gi) where participants shared their stories from the land. Corey Metallic, Jasmine LaBillois, Luke LaBillois and Danny Paul delivered panel presentations on moose harvesting community programs. Tracey Metallic held an art workshop with a small group of mawiomi participants. The grades seven and eight students, and their teachers, from Alaqsite’w Gitpu School took part in a workshop on traditional approaches to moose management facilitated by Clifford Paul of the Unama’gi Institute of Natural Resources.

The event came to a close with a feast on Saturday evening. Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of the Manitoba Chiefs delivered a keynote reminding us that nation building is about acknowledging relations and staying connected with each other. Click on this link to hear Grand Chief Dumas singing the Mi’gmaq Honour Song.