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Meteghan RCMP charge Digby County man in assault of Sipekne’katik Chief Sack

Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack (hat and grey sweater) stands with his community members in New Edinburgh, Digby County on Oct. 14, as unrest continued in an ongoing lobster dispute.
Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack (hat and grey sweater) stands with his community members in New Edinburgh, Digby County on Oct. 14, as unrest continued in an ongoing lobster dispute. On Friday night, Meteghan RCMP arrested and charged Digby County man Chris Gerald Melanson in connection with an assault on Sack that took place that day. - Tina Comeau

A Digby County man has been charged in relation to the Wednesday, Oct. 14 assault of Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack in New Edinburgh.

Meteghan RCMP charged 46-year-old Chris Gerald Melanson with assault following his arrest on Friday evening.

Melanson was released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Digby Provincial Court on Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m.


Digby County RCMP on the scene of the Wednesday, Oct. 14 confrontation between commercial and Indigenous fishers in New Edinburgh. On Friday, police arrested and charged Digby County man Chris Gerald Melanson in connection with an assault on Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack that took place that day. - Tina Comeau
Digby County RCMP on the scene of the Wednesday, Oct. 14 confrontation between commercial and Indigenous fishers in New Edinburgh. On Friday, police arrested and charged Digby County man Chris Gerald Melanson in connection with an assault on Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack that took place that day. - Tina Comeau


On Wednesday, Sack was present at Bay of Fundy Finest Seafoods Distributors lobster pound in New Edinburgh when Sipekne'katik First Nation reported that commercial fishers blocked band trucks with lobster in them that were being transported back to their community.

Part of the ongoing dispute between commercial and Indigenous fishers in Southwest Nova Scotia over treaty rights to a moderate livlihood fishery, the Oct. 14 incident followed a violent confrontation the day before when the band reported commercial fishers swarmed and vandalized a New Edinburgh buyers’ facility.

“With nothing captured on camera we’re not sure if anyone can be charged or was taken into custody for the damage that was caused, but we know this is retaliation for our efforts to move the moderate livelihood fishery forward,” said Sack in a media release after the events of Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We need to fully assess the damage, but it has the potential to be a substantial hit to our bottom line particularly since we are harvesting right now.”

RCMP are also investigating the overnight fire that destroyed a Middle West Pubnico lobster pound used by Mi’kmaq fishers early Saturday morning. Yarmouth County RCMP report one man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries and is considered a person of interest in relation to the blaze, which has been called suspicious by police.

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