Over the last few days, I've seen folks on here describing what's happening to Mi'kmaw fishermen in Nova Scota as "race riots", "terrorism"

For a change, there's actually lots of reasonably not bad news coverage about what's happening. See e.g.

cbc.ca/news/canada/no…
Recently, non-Indigenous fishermen have destroyed Mi'kmaw fishing equipment, burnt down a processing facility, attacked Mi'kmaw harvesters exercising their constitutionally guaranteed Aboriginal and Treaty rights and generally engaged in a campaign of violence and intimidation
This behaviour isn't new. settlers have been trying to prevent Mi'kmaw people from exercising their rights for years. What's new is the scope and intensity of the violence and that the national media is paying attention.
Among the causes is cynical federal governments, more concerned about losing votes in Nova Scotia than protecting their sacred duty to the Mi'kmaw, enshrined in Treaty and the Constitution.

They over-regulate the rights-fishery, and turn a blind eye to settler vigilantism.
Trudeau is far from the first Prime Minister to do this, but it's particularly galling given this government's self-serving promises of "reconciliation" and "nation-to-nation" partnerships.

“No relationship is more important... than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples". 🙄
And all of this is happening barely 8 months after we heard a cacophony of voices telling us how peaceful Indigenous protests against a pipeline, being built on their territory without their consent, were unjustifiable. How First Nations needed to respect the "rule of law"
In February, I wrote in @globeandmail about how the "rule of law" has been weaponized against Indigenous people. What's happening now in Nova Scotia is a perfect case study of this. theglobeandmail.com/opinion/articl…
Particularly important here is that the Mi'kmaw aren't simply going about their business and facing differential treatment. They're exercising (or trying to exercise) a positive right - a constitutionally protected right, and the settler terrorists are trying to stop them
"But Corey", you may say, "isn't calling these non-Indigenous fishermen terrorists a bit of a stretch?"

Not according to the Criminal Code! Check out what @JusticeCanadaEN says about the definition of terrorism:
Terrorism is an act "... for a political... or ideological purpose, objective or cause" with the intention of intimidating the public "…with regard to its security, including its economic security, or compelling a person, a government... to do or to refrain from doing any act."
That's exactly what the settler fishermen are doing, and they're not shy about it. They're destroying equipment, burning down buildings, assaulting people, etc.

And their purpose is ideological - they think that Indigenous ppl shouldn't be able to exercise their rights.
The 1726 Treaties between the Indigenous peoples of NS and the Crown guarantee that the Crown will not interfere with (not "molest") Mi'kmaw fishers.

Permitting Crown subjects (aka settlers) to do so is hardly different than the Crown doing so itself.
Could the Crown have a positive legal obligation to protect the Mi'kmaw fishery from interference by settlers? It's a definite possibility. And even if it's not a legal obligation, the RCMP certainly has a moral obligation to do so.
Six: "All of this has happened before"
Baltar: "But the question remains - does all of this have to happen again?"

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