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March in support of the Mi’kmaq fishing rights taking place in Calgary on Saturday

A march will be held in Calgary on Saturday promoting the Mi’kmaq’s right to fish lobsters on their traditional territory.

The solidarity march for Mi’kma’ki and land defenders from coast to coast is part of Idle No More’s solidarity week with the indigenous fishermen. The starting shot will be given on Saturday at 1 p.m. at a location that will be announced on Friday at 6 p.m.

The belated announcement of the location is “a security measure due to violent attacks on black and indigenous youth here in Alberta,” says the event’s Facebook page.

The march is in response to escalating tensions between commercial fishermen and Mi’kmaq fishermen in Atlantic Canada. The indigenous fishermen who harvest lobsters out of season, as their contract warrants, destroyed their lobster pounds and set a truck on fire.

Many criticize RCMP for what they say is a lack of measures to stop the aggression.

Similar events are taking place in other Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.

More than 200 people said they attended the Calgary event on Facebook.

– With files from Megan Devlin

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