Arson suspected in fire at Aboriginal fisherman’s lobster pound in N.S.

DIGBY, N.S.- The Mounties say a Christmas Day fire at an Aboriginal-owned lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia is considered to be an arson. Const. Jennifer Clarke said the fire marshal’s office has been called in to probe the blaze in St. Bernard, northeast of Digby.The Indigenous news site Ku’ku’kwes News has reported that the property belongs to Alex McDonald, a band councillor from Sipekne’katik First Nation. There have been tensions in the area over the Indigenous ceremonial and food fisheries, and two non-Aboriginal men were charged in the fall with threatening Indigenous fishermen online. McDonald, who was unavailable for comment after attempts to reach him by email and telephone, has seen his lobster business damaged by fire in the past. The fisherman’s boat was stolen and burned in October,…

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