Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack on Monday said he was “grateful” as were the rest of the community to see charges laid in relation to an alleged assault on Sack last week in Nova Scotia and another charge for arson over a vehicle.
Sack also said some Indigenous fishers are in shock after a Friday night fire in West Pubnico, N.S. burned a Mi’kmaq fishing pound to the ground.
He reacted to comments by federal ministers earlier in the day, saying he appreciated Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan “recognizing” their treaty rights and that the lobster stock was strong, which Sack says “puts the conservation issue to rest.” He added that while there are more law enforcement officials on the ground, he expressed concerns that should tensions “pick up” again, it can get “scary” and urged more action to ensure the safety of Mi’kmaq boats and equipment.
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