UPDATE Jan 17 – Court for Cody Caplin has been postponed until Feb 15th. So the Jan 18th meeting has been postponed until Feb 15th. Sorry for any inconvenience. Come and support Eel River Bar First Nation member Cody Caplin in his constitutional challenge for Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and treaty rights. Cody is being charged for…
The simple fact is that this trial should not be happening. The accused, Cody Caplin, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation, is not a criminal. He simply exercised his constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty right as a member of his nation to fish in order to feed himself and his family on his people’s unceded territory. As Indigenous people, the right to survive and feed ourselves from our own lands is the most basic Aboriginal right that we have.
My name is Cody Robert Ralph Brimsacle Caplin. I am a Mi’kmaw man, born and raised in the community of Ugpi’ganjig (Eel River Bar). My ancestors made nation-to-nation treaties with the British Crown, the French Crown, the United States of America, and with other Indigenous nations like the Mohawk Nation. We warred and we made peace. In 1725, my nation began what became our “Covenant Chain” treaty relationship with the British Crown, and this treaty was repeatedly renewed in different locations across Mi’kma’ki.
On November 30th, 2023, Albert Marshall Jr., Chief Del Riley, and elder Albert Marshall Sr. addressed a gathering in Eel River Bar First Nation to speak about Micmac rights and to express support for Mi’kmaw fisherman, Cody Caplin. Caplin is currently facing 10 charges for fishing lobsters to feed himself and his family.
The following is the list of all media locations which published the story by Mike MacDonald in The Canadian Press entitled “Constitutional challenge in Indigenous lobster fishing case moving ahead this week.” We are grateful that Mi’kmaq rights issues are reaching a wider audience and that news about Cody’s case has reached an audience of millions.
Cody Caplin, a member of the Eel River Bar First Nation, was fishing for lobster in the Bay of Chaleur in September 2018 when he and his brother Kyle were arrested and their boat was seized by federal fisheries officers. A year later, they were charged with 10 fishing offences, including trapping lobster out of season.
A Public Meeting on the Aboriginal and treaty rights involved in the case will be held in Eel River Bar FN at 7pm on Thursday Nov, 30th. On September 12th, 2018, Mi’kmaw fisherman Cody Caplin of Eel River Bar First Nation had his lobsters, boat, and trailer seized by the Federal government’s Department of Fisheries…
The fourth edition of the Mi’kmaq Cannabis Newsletter has been published. Hard copies are available from participating Mi’kmaq Cannabis stores, and the PDF version of the newsletter can be viewed here. A higher quality (32mb) version of the newsletter is available for download here.