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Thirst for Justice Conceptions of Equity and Sustainability at Burnt Church/Esgenoôpetitj NB Canada


Liberal Studies Department


Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies




Competing notions of equity often underlie more broad conversations about sustainability. Understanding implicit conceptions of justice, fairness and equality can illuminate why deep conflicts frequently erupt over particular practices of sustainability. This paper explores the competing notions of equity underlying one such conflict, a dispute which arose over fishery access and management in Atlantic Canada after a 1999 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. In the Marshall Decision, the Court recognized the treaty rights of the indigenous Mikmaq to earn a living in fisheries from which they had historically been excluded. For three years after the Court’s decision, Mikmaq fishers, their non-native neighbours, and the Canadian government fought violently over access to and sustainable management of the lobster fishery in Burnt Church/Esgenoôpetitj NB.

Conference Name

International Conference on Inequality and Sustainability

Conference Location

Boston (Medford) MA

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