Dauphin, Canada

Over 200 people showed up for the Emergency Fisheries Meeting. held by the Manitoba Metis Federation in Winnipeg, last week.

Fishers came from all over the province, but particularly the Interlake region, to talk about issues.

John Parenteau, MMF Minister of Fisheries, noted some of the concerns brought up at the meeting:

“A lot of the main concerns were about the fishermen not receiving pay for their catch.  Also, there were concerns about their Employment Insurance benefits, and how they were going to get their benefits, when they didn’t receive any money for their catch.  They’re out that money.”

The MMF plans to hold more meetings, to help establish a co-operative for the fisheries.