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Sipek’nekatik chief orders Indigenous fishers out of the water as tensions rise –

October 16, 2020

The chief of the Sipekne’katik First Nation has ordered all Indigenous fishers out of the water on Friday amid continued tension and violence with non-Indigenous commercial fishers.

“The commercial fishermen are taking action into their own hands,” said Chief Michael Sack in a Facebook post on Friday. “A bunch of boats are on their way to haul our gear.”

He asked that all of his people stay off the water for the day.

The decision came after a planned meeting between Sack and Joel Comeau, president of Maritime Fisherman’s Union local 9, was called off on Friday after reports the non-Indigenous commercial fishermen were mobilizing to come and pull indigenous lobster traps.

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