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Caravan on Hwy 401 slows traffic on Canada’s busiest road in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation

Tom Fennario
APTN News
Traffic was backed up on different parts of Hwy 401 Friday by a caravan of mainly from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who purposely drove slowly in a show of solidarity for members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.

One caravan began near Cornwall, Ont. and headed west, while another close to London, Ont.

Reports suggested they were driving between 45 km/h to 60 km/h. The speed limit is 100 km/h.

The Ontario Provincial Police basically provided an escort for the rolling blockades.

Brandon Doxtator photo.

RCMP took 14 people into custody Monday after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.

Coast GasLink wants access through the Unist’ot’en camp 20 kilometres up the Morice River road from the Gidimt’en check point to complete preparatory work on the 670-kilometre pipeline.

The camp has been standing for nearly a decade to prevent three proposed pipelines from cutting through Wet’suwet’en territory.

The company has signed agreements with elected representatives of 20 First Nations along the pipeline route.

Anger greeted news Wednesday that hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs brokered a peaceful end to a potentially violent pipeline standoff.

Leader Freda Huson stormed out of a closed-door meeting at the Unist’ot’en camp south of Houston, B.C., and slammed the door.

She just learned chiefs promised the RCMP she and her partner Warner Naziel would abide by rules of an interim court injunction in exchange for calling off a police raid.

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