RCMP charge N.S. man after assault on Sipekne’katik First Nation chief | CBC News
A Digby County, N.S., man has been charged after an assault on Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack on Wednesday in the midst of an ongoing dispute over the lobster fishery.
The alleged assault occurred in New Edinburgh, one of two locations where several hundred commercial fishermen and their supporters raided a lobster facility on Tuesday evening. Mi’kmaw fishers had been storing their catches in the building.
The raids come after weeks of unrest in the province’s southwest, sparked by the launch of a “moderate livelihood” lobster fishery by the Sipekne’katik band outside the federally mandated commercial season.
During the night of unrest, lobster was destroyed, a lobster pound was damaged, a van was set on fire and another vehicle was vandalized.