British Journal of Canadian Studies

Sharing the same waters

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2015), 28, (1), 23–41.

Abstract

Fifteen years have passed since the ground-breaking 1999 Marshall decision and the Mi’kmaq Lobster Crisis that followed which saw two months of tit-for-tat violence. In this article, we examine how relations among Mi’kmaq and Settler fishers have changed since the decision and its aftermath, and interpret intergroup relations by using Herbert Blumer’s group-position theory. The article presents data collected from ethnographic observation and interviews with Mi’kmaq and Settler fishers in a Maritime community. We find that although fishers share the same waters, and have a generally amicable public relationship, many misconceptions and resentments persist.

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Krause, Caitlin

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