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Sipekne’katik First Nation chief raises concern about Ottawa’s bid to quell protests over lobster fishing – The Globe and Mail

The First Nations chief behind a small but contentious fishing fleet trapping Nova Scotia lobster outside the regulated season raised concerns on Sunday about Ottawa’s latest bid to quell violent protests by non-Indigenous agitators.

Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik First Nation said he has his doubts about Ottawa’s decision Friday to appoint a “special representative” to mediate talks between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Sack said he’s worried that Allister Surette, a university president and former politician from the area, lacks experience with Indigenous issues and may not have the capacity to be a neutral, third-party troubleshooter.

“I was surprised to learn of who he was,” Sack told The Canadian Press. “Just the dynamics of it doesn’t really sit right with me.”

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