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Canada Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack to speak on lobster pound vandalism, moving forward

22:26  18 october  2020
22:26  18 october  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

‘Terrorizing our people’: N.S. Mi’kmaw fishers have property vandalized, lobsters destroyed

  ‘Terrorizing our people’: N.S. Mi’kmaw fishers have property vandalized, lobsters destroyed On Tuesday night a facility was 'swarmed and vandalized' by commercial fishermen, said Chief Michael Sack of the Sipeknet'katik First Nation.The incidents, the latest in continuing tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers in Nova Scotia, allegedly occurred at two locations, one in Central West Pubnico, N.S., and the other in New Edinburgh, N.S.

a man standing on the side of a road: Chief Michael Sack of the Sipekne'katik First Nation addresses the media on Oct. 15, 2020. © Grey Butler/Global News Chief Michael Sack of the Sipekne'katik First Nation addresses the media on Oct. 15, 2020.

Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack will address the public at Saulnierville Wharf, N.S., on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The speech can be viewed here.

On Oct. 13, a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico was swarmed, vandalized and ransacked by a large crowd of non-Indigenous commercial fishers and their supporters.

At the time, the facility was being used by Mi’kmaq fishers. Jason Marr told Global News earlier this week that he and others were forced to take cover inside the lobster pound as the building’s windows were smashed and Marr’s vehicle was damaged, he said.

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A separate vehicle outside of a New Edinburgh lobster pound facility on Tuesday was on fire. RCMP said on Sunday they have charged 31-year-old Michael Burton Nickerson from Yarmouth County with arson causing damage to property.

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The Middle West Pubnico lobster pound was burned to the ground on Saturday morning. That fire is still under investigation.

Another man was charged in relation to the ongoing violence against Mi'kmaq fishers.

On, Saturday RCMP said they have charged 46-year-old Chris Gerald Melanson of Digby County in relation to the assault of Sack that occurred on Oct. 14 in New Edinburgh, N.S.

Sack released a statement Saturday saying that the fire “illustrates the need for greater police presence in the region … I do believe with the proper police presence, however, this could have been avoided.”

According to Sack, the facility is owned by “a friend and ally of Sipeknek’katik, where one of our community members was barricaded and his catch destroyed last week.”

Sack is expected to discuss this week's vandalism, the lobster pound fire and next steps for the self-regulated Moderate Livelihood Fishery,

More to come...

N.S. First Nation struggles to find market for 'moderate livelihood fishery' lobster .
HALIFAX — Cheryl Maloney, a Mi'kmaq treaty advocate and member of Sipekne'katik First Nation, stood on a wharf in the rural fishing village in Saulnierville, N.S. Under a pitch-black sky, Maloney hauled a large lobster crate off a fishing boat and into the trunk of her car to sell in front of the Nova Scotia legislature. "We're exercising our legal right to hunt and fish and earn a livelihood," she said in an interview. "But the province stillUnder a pitch-black sky, Maloney hauled a large lobster crate off a fishing boat and into the trunk of her car to sell in front of the Nova Scotia legislature.

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