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Canada Tyendinaga Mohawks say they've been given midnight deadline to clear camps

03:25  24 february  2020
03:25  24 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Eastern Ontario rail blockade still in place as provincial police keep watch

  Eastern Ontario rail blockade still in place as provincial police keep watch TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY, Ont. — Members of the Mohawk First Nation are to meet Saturday with Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller at a CN rail crossing in Ontario. "The CN Rail stoppage is in its 9th day since Mohawks demanded that no trains cross their Territory at Tyendinaga until the RCMP leave Wet'suwet'en Territory, where the government is using the militarized police force to escort Coastal Gas Link employees who are building a new fracked gas pipeline," a Mohawk news release said Friday.

The Mohawks of Tyendinaga have said they would remain by the railway until the RCMP withdrew from Wet'suwet'en territory. Earlier this month, B.C. RCMP enforced an injunction against those preventing contractors from accessing the area for construction. RCMP in British Columbia moved its

The company has been given 30 days to consult with Indigenous leaders before re-submitting its final report for approval. Roughly a dozen Wet’suwet’en members, including four hereditary chiefs, arrived in Kahnawake late Friday night after similar meetings with the Tyendinaga Mohawks near Belleville

Ontario Provincial Police and CN Rail have told the Mohawks they have to clear their camps in Tyendinaga, Ont., by midnight ET tonight or they will face a police investigation and charges, Tyendinaga Mohawk Seth Lefort tells CBC News.

An ongoing demonstration by Mohawks from Tyendinaga who have set up two camps along CN rail lines has shut down passenger and freight train traffic.

The demonstrations were launched Feb. 6, in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and camps built to stop construction of the $6 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C. The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs are opposed to the natural gas pipeline because it would be constructed through their territory.

Wet'suwet'en camps occupied, Coastal GasLink workers move through: First Nation

  Wet'suwet'en camps occupied, Coastal GasLink workers move through: First Nation SMITHERS, B.C. — Opponents of a pipeline who support the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say they have returned to camps along a road leading to a work site outside Houston, B.C. Jen Wickham, a member of the First Nation's Gidimt'en clan, says they went back to the camps where 28 people were arrested when the RCMP enforced an injunction this month. Jen Wickham, a member of the First Nation's Gidimt'en clan, says they went back to the camps where 28 people were arrested when the RCMP enforced an injunction this month.

Local police say they 're monitoring the protest along the railroad tracks but declined to comment further The barricades, including one on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in eastern Ontario, are in response Increased attention is on Canadian police forces today now that Trudeau has ordered the

Chief Na'Moks says a meeting set for Monday has been delayed after the prime minister said it's up to But around the time the chiefs and ministers were speaking, he says Trudeau gave his press Members of the Mohawk First Nation are behind a blockade on a rail crossing in Tyendinaga , Ont

The Mohawks of Tyendinaga have said they would remain by the railway until the RCMP withdrew from Wet'suwet'en territory.

Earlier this month, B.C. RCMP enforced an injunction against those preventing contractors from accessing the area for construction.

RCMP in British Columbia moved its officers out of an outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory to a nearby detachment on Friday, but won't stop patrolling the area — a move that partially addresses a demand set by the nation's hereditary chiefs late last week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes must come down after two weeks of calls for patience and stalled attempts at negotiation.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Tyendinaga Mohawk Kanenhariyo, whose English name is Seth LeFort, speaks to the OPP liaison officers. © Rozenn Nicolle/Radio-Canada Tyendinaga Mohawk Kanenhariyo, whose English name is Seth LeFort, speaks to the OPP liaison officers.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller met with the Tyendinaga Mohawks on Feb. 15 and asked them to temporarily halt the demonstrations, according to recordings of the closed-door meeting leaked to CBC News.

But a phone call from a Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief specifying that the RCMP were still on their territory undercut that request, according to the recording.

CN train engine collides with wooden pallets at Tyendinaga .
The takedown of a Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade on CN Railway tracks at a level crossing east Belleville on Monday hasn’t ended disruptions in the area for rail officials trying to reopen the Toronto-Montreal corridor after nearly three weeks of hundreds of freight train cancellations. A second protest group of local Mohawks camped not far down the tracks near the original protest site continue to hamper CN officials and Ontario Provincial Police working to get freight and passenger train traffic moving again.

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