Garden River First Nation planning a peaceful rally in support of the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia

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Andy Rickard

Garden River First Nation is planning a peaceful rally in support of the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia.

The rally will be held at the 4 Lane Intersection on the boundaries of Garden River and all land defenders across Turtle Island are being encouraged to attend.

It will be held Thursday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Those who choose to attend are being asked to bring their own PPEs (masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, etc) and to practice social distancing during the rally.

Last week, Chief Andy Rickard declared Garden River’s support for Mi’kmaw lobster fishers in the face of ongoing violence directed at them over lobster fishing rights.

“We are appalled that the Federal Government is standing worthlessly by as our brothers and sisters continue to be physically taunted and harmed by non-Indigenous fisherman from the Province of Nova Scotia,” said Chief Rickard in a statement posted on the Garden River First Nation Facebook page.

This past weekend a Lobster pound said to be used by Mi’kmaw fishers was destroyed by fire, and this week MPs held an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the situation.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Marc Miller has criticized the RCMP over its handling of the situation, adding they have failed to protect Indigenous people embroiled in the dispute.

“Indigenous people have been let down by the police, those who are sworn to protect them,” Miller said from Ottawa. “The protection of people on both sides has to prevail, and clearly that has not been the case up until now.”