The Christian Science Monitor : 2020-12-07

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ANDREW VAUGHAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP “The lobster is a classic monster, almost alien, seemingly built for pure survival in the dark depths, and if it were any bigger it would terrify us.” A commercial fishing boat leaves port in West Dover, Nova Scotia, on Nov. 26, 2019, the first day of the annual lobster season on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. destabiliz­e these things.” She condemns the violence. And she worries it has hardened both sides’ positions – rolling back gains made in a relationsh­ip that has been productive. When a local pulp mill wanted to pump effluent directly into the Northumber­land Strait, threatenin­g local fishing grounds, commercial fishers and local Indigenous groups worked together last year to oppose the plan. Now, because of the tensions and violence, she worries such cooperatio­n will vanish. Halifax. “That’s where people’s lives are most deeply impacted and changed by the structures of race and racial inequality.” It’s also where court decisions and political rhetoric are most intimately felt, whether in terms of both personal safety or material gain and loss. After the Marshall decision, the government spent millions of dollars buying licenses to transfer to Indigenous fishers, as well as on vessels and training, to bring First Nations into the commercial market. That brought in significan­t jobs and income. According to a report issued last year by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a think tank in Ottawa, Ontario, total fishing revenues for the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet on their lands in all Maritime provinces grew from $3 million in 1999 to $152 million in 2016. – Trevor Corson, author of “The Secret Life of Lobsters” r r r Canada is grappling with the encroachme­nt of white settlers on Indigenous territory in ways the United States hasn’t. But even here, correcting injustices is something that is easier to do in principle than in practice. “The community level is actually the front lines of racism,” says Robert Huish, associate professor of internatio­nal developmen­t studies at Dalhousie University in THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | DECEMBER 7, 2020 25 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW