Canada
First Nation band council does not fully support CN blockade

The Idle No More protest movement came to a Sarnia, ON mall for Boxing Day.

Credits: Paul Morden/QMY AGENCY

TARA JEFFREY | QMI AGENCY

SARNIA, ON -- A meeting planned for Sunday night at Aamjiwnaang First Nation could force an end to an ongoing and controversial CN rail blockade.

In a letter to community members Sunday, Aamjiwnaang Band Council called for a 6 p.m. information meeting to discuss the Williams Drive protest and alternative ways to support the Idle No More movement.

"This blockade has never been sanctioned by Council, and Council has not appointed any person at the blockade to speak on behalf of the Band," the letter states. "Although we continue to support the Idle No More movement, we don't fully support the blockade at the tracks in its present form, for a number of reasons.

"Council believes there are a number of ways to continue to support the movement and the membership, which will not put our community's assets and membership in a compromising position."

Dozens of protesters have been camped out at the CN spur line since Dec. 21, disrupting daily rail service to industry.

An injunction against the protesters by CN lawyers has been extended for an indefinite period.

On Friday, Canadian Propane Association president and CEO Jim Facette urged the federal government, mayor's office and police "take the necessary steps to remove the rail blockade in an orderly and safe manner."

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