For over 500 generations, Native peoples
have fished the rich waters of Atlantic Canada. Cross
Currents traces the evolving story of changing landscapes, fishing
technologies and human interactions from 11,000 years ago to the present day.
or thousands of years, Aboriginal
people have depended on the rich marine resources of Atlantic Canada for
sustenance and raw materials. Gabriel Acquin, great Sagmore of the Maliseets,
was a skilled fishing and hunting guide, and in 1883 represented Aboriginal
people at an international fisheries exhibition in London, England.
Gabriel Acquin with Paddle, Maliseet First Nation
The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment Museum
boriginal peoples of Atlantic
Canada no longer depend on fishing for subsistence, although fishing
remains an important economic way of life for some. Once-unlimited
fish resources are now a shared resource, in which conservation and
management are essential to ensuring a future for the fishery.
Mi'kmaq Commercial Fisherman (2000)
Photo: Steve McMurray
(Courtesy: Canadian Responsible Fisheries Board)
Date Created: May 18, 2001 | Last Updated: April 30, 2010