After a work van was set on fire and a catch of lobster was destroyed when a crowd of commercial fishermen allegedly vandalized two fishing compounds in southwestern Nova Scotia on Tuesday, one of the latest incidents between Mi’kmaw fisherman and non-Indigenous fishermen, Canadian Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller was asked Thursday about the RCMP’s response.
Miller called the incident “alarming” and that “space needs to be given for negotiations to be had under very difficult circumstances” with Chief Michael Sack of Sipekne’katik First Nation and “his people.”
Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack on Thursday blasted the RCMP response to calls after angry mobs damaged two facilities that handle lobster catches from Mi’kmaw fishers on Tuesday.
Sack said in one case, he had been told RCMP officers were the ones that “kicked the door-in.”
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