Chief Mike Sack is the courageous leader of the Sipekne’katik First Nation of the sovereign Mi’kmaq people. He was illegally arrested and taken in for questioning following a press conference August 17 at which he announced his community will resume their self-regulated fishery. Like all previous federal governments, the Trudeau government refuses to recognize the hereditary rights of the Mi’kmaq to fish, or their sovereignty. The fact is that the Mi’kmaq do not have to ask Canada’s permission to fish as they have responsibly done for millennia.
Following his release from custody after 45 minutes, Chief Sack stated that what the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is doing is unacceptable, “unfair” and “systemic racism” which he and the other Mi’kmaq fishers will fight using all available means, including the courts. Furthermore, he said that his community had been in touch with the DFO about the Mi’kmaq’s upcoming plans to begin their fishing season. [More]