Chief Michael Sack of the Sipekne’katik First Nation on Sunday said his band is “potentially facing a million dollar loss” due to community constraints of not being able to sell their lobster.
Sack said they are facing losses because “intimidation” is being used against businesses within the communities.
Sack said it was “great” that Nova Scotia RCMP have laid arson charges in connection with a vehicle fire that happened on Oct. 13 outside a lobster pound on the south shore, but said “it’s just a fraction of what needs to happen.”
“We got people that are getting threatened daily. Like I receive emails, text messages, messenger. Threats are there on a regular basis,” Sack said Sunday.
Police say they responded to a disturbance and when they arrived at the scene, officers dealt with a vehicle that was “on fire and heavily damaged.”
At the time, the lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., was being used by Mi’kmaq fishers.
On Oct. 13, the facility was swarmed, vandalized and ransacked by a large crowd of non-Indigenous commercial fishers and their supporters.
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