(Dec. 21, 2012, Mi’kmaq Idle No More blockade of Highway 11 by Rexton, NB. )
APTN National News
Mass blockades are expected to hit at least three provinces this coming Wednesday.
Sources in two provinces told APTN National News Saturday evening that the economic disruptions promised by several chiefs in Ottawa this past week would hit Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
It remained unclear, however, how long the majority of the planned blockades would last or where they would hit. There is talk that some of these blockades could last for days.
APTN National News has learned that there are plans to block the Ambassador Bridge which links Windsor, Ont., to Detroit, Mich., for about an hour and-a-half.
Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians told reporters Friday that economic disruptions were in the works for Wednesday.
“We can’t live in poverty anymore while Canadians live this great life,” said Peters, whose organization is based in Ontario. “We’ll stop it the only way we can stop it…Stop the roads, stop the rails, stop the transportation of goods.”
Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox said during a chiefs’ meeting Thursday night that economic disruptions loomed.
“No longer will the prime minister dictate to us. If we have to shut down this economy, then we will,” said Fox, whose community is part of Treaty 6 in Saskatchewan.
Fox was urging National Chief Shawn Atleo at the time to reject Friday’s meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Several First Nations chiefs have been discussing plans to launch blockades on Wednesday since at least Dec. 28, 2012.
“January 16 is being touted as a national day of action directed at industry, the economy and the government,” according to minutes obtained by APTN National News from a Dec. 28 teleconference meeting between dozens of chiefs.
According to the minutes, blockades were being planned for “major roadways, rail lines.”
Railway blockades have already hit in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
The last national day of action was set for June 29, 2007. Only the Mohawks from Tyendinaga followed through with plans, shutting down Hwy 401 and the main Toronto-Montreal CN rail line near Belleville, Ont., for several hours.