Aamjiwnaang blockade in Sarnia, Ontario, continues for third day

CTV News/The Canadian Press, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

CN rail tracks blocked near Sarnia, Ont, Dec 23, as part of INM protests.

CN rail tracks blocked near Sarnia, Ont, Dec 23, as part of INM protests.

SARNIA, Ont. — The mayor of Sarnia says city police do not plan to shut down a CN Rail blockade by First Nations activists as long as no one is hurt in the protest.

Mike Bradley says CN obtained a court injunction that leaves it to police in the southwestern Ontario city to decide whether to end the three-day-old blockade.

Blockade spokesman Ron Plain says the protests are being led by young Aamjiwnaang (AWN’-ja-nong) First Nation members, who met Sunday with representatives from CN, as well as Bradley and Sarnia’s police chief.

Dozens of demonstrators set up tables, tents and vehicles on and around the track Friday as part of the national Idle No More protests.

They say the blockade of the commercial-rail corridor will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a hunger strike to bring attention to aboriginal issues.

Bradley says the city doesn’t support the blockade, but backs the call by local protesters to speak with Sarnia Conservative MP Patricia Davidson, who did not attend the meeting.

He said protesters and CN continue to discuss the rail stoppage.

“There are discussions going on back and forth,” Bradley said.

“We’re in the middle trying to be the peacekeepers and ensure that there is no one who is hurt.”

CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny says the rail company is urging governments and police to step up negotiations to come up with a peaceful settlement.

He says the stoppage is starting to affect CN customers, for example it’s preventing propane shipments from getting to Canadian consumers.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/first-nations-blockade-in-southwestern-ontario-continues-for-third-day-1.1090240

Drum group at Sarnia CN rail blockade, Dec 23.

Drum group at Sarnia CN rail blockade, Dec 23.

First Nations blockade causes railway disruption to local industry

By Cathy Dobson, Sarnia Observer, December 21, 2012

A group of natives from Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia pitched a canopy across the tracks of a CN rail spur and blocked train traffic Friday in support of the Idle No More native protest in Ottawa.

The blockade on the reserve began around 8:30 a.m. and was expected to last into the evening, said Chief Chris Plain.

“If the prime minister will not listen to our words, perhaps he’ll pay attention to our actions,” he said.

He and about 15 Aamjiwnaang members parked a pickup truck across the railway line that crosses DeGurse Drive near the Aamjiwnaang First Nation industrial park. They lit a fire and pitched a canopy for the day.

Meanwhile, about 60 other band members were in Ottawa to join the Idle No More rally, a movement they say is gaining international attention.

Idle No More rallies have been staged across Canada for several weeks, including one in London on Wednesday that attracted about 1,000 natives and non-natives.

”Those of us who couldn’t travel, decided spontaneously last night to do this,” said Aamjiwnaang band Coun. Shawn Plain at the blockade.

“This is a peaceful protest,” he said. “The industries that aren’t getting their shipments today will pressure the federal government.

“This is a wake up call for them. We could cause havoc on the highway but the highways are provincial. We’d rather do something that will get the federal government’s attention.”

The line, known as the St. Clair spur, carries CN and CSX trains to several large industries in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley and St. Clair Township.

The line generally accommodates four or five trains a day. One stopped before it reached DeGurse Drive at about 9:30 a.m. Friday because of the blockade, according to Shawn Plain.

“The CN police came along and notified us that we were blocking the train,” he said.

The Idle No More movement is fired by the recent passing of the omnibus budget Bill C-45, which was approved by the Senate in a 50-27 vote.

Aboriginal leaders are accusing the Conservative government of pushing the bill through without consulting them. They say the bill infringes on their treaty rights, compromises ownership of their land and takes away protection for Canada’s waterways.

But Sarnia-Lambton MP Pat Davidson said the Idle No More movement is spreading a lot of “misconceptions.”

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” she said. “The Navigable Waters Act has been changed but it is very old and needed to be updated.

“Bill C-45 has not taken away any environmental protections,” she said.

Davidson said some of the environmental assessment process has been “streamlined” but is still required.

She said she believes the government had “a fair amount of consultation” with Canada’s aboriginals prior to the Senate vote.

“And I’d love to talk to them about it any time.”

Chief Plain said he sent Davidson a memo on Wednesday about his concerns related to Bill C-45 and there was no response.

“I did receive something from Chris and the reply is on its way,” said Davidson.

http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/12/21/first-nations-blockade-causes-railway-disruption-to-local-industry

Media Advisory: Aamjiwnaang First Nation continues blockade of CN Rail, Mayor of Sarnia and city police ask for meeting

When: 11 am, Sunday Dec. 23, 2012

Where: Aamjiwnaang First Nation Blockade (Williams Drive off Scott Road)

Citizens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue a blockade of CN rail, in support of the Idle No More movement. The Mayor of Sarnia and city police have asked for a meeting to present an offer to the end of the blockade. Aamjiwnaang Citizens are indicating they will continue the blockade until Chief Teresa Spence is granted a meeting with Prime Minister Harper, and there is recognition of the historical injustice inflicted upon the community. The meeting will take place at 11 am tomorrow, on the blockade.

Media Contact:

Ron Plain(226) 932-1516

Citizens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue a blockade of CN rail, in support of the Idle No More movement. Aamjiwnaang Citizens are indicating they will continue the blockade until Chief Teresa Spence is granted a meeting with Prime Minister Harper, and there is recognition of the historical injustice inflicted upon the community. Following a community meeting this morning, and a meeting with the Mayor of Sarnia, Chief of Police and CN Rail representative, citizens of Aamjiwnaang have determined to maintain the blockade until community demands are met. Aamjiwnaang citizens are calling on all allies to come support the blockade. Bring WARM clothes and good intentions. Accepting food, wood and warm clothes donations

Aamjiwnaang Citizens agreed to the following demands
1. Letters of support from the Mayor of Sarnia, CN Rail, MP Pat Davidson, and industry telling Harper to meet with Chief Spence.
2. We will consider leaving when this meeting has taken place.
3. That Harper respect and consult on a nation-to-nation basis.

Media Contact:
Ron Plain(226) 932-1516

Support the Aamjiwnaang #IdleNoMore Blockade!

First Nations blockade in southwestern Ontario continues for third day

CTV News/The Canadian Press, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

SARNIA, Ont. — The mayor of Sarnia says city police do not plan to shut down a CN Rail blockade by First Nations activists as long as no one is hurt in the protest.

Mike Bradley says CN obtained a court injunction that leaves it to police in the southwestern Ontario city to decide whether to end the three-day-old blockade.

Blockade spokesman Ron Plain says the protests are being led by young Aamjiwnaang (AWN’-ja-nong) First Nation members, who met Sunday with representatives from CN, as well as Bradley and Sarnia’s police chief.

Dozens of demonstrators set up tables, tents and vehicles on and around the track Friday as part of the national Idle No More protests.

They say the blockade of the commercial-rail corridor will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a hunger strike to bring attention to aboriginal issues.

Bradley says the city doesn’t support the blockade, but backs the call by local protesters to speak with Sarnia Conservative MP Patricia Davidson, who did not attend the meeting.

He said protesters and CN continue to discuss the rail stoppage.

“There are discussions going on back and forth,” Bradley said.

“We’re in the middle trying to be the peacekeepers and ensure that there is no one who is hurt.”

CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny says the rail company is urging governments and police to step up negotiations to come up with a peaceful settlement.

He says the stoppage is starting to affect CN customers, for example it’s preventing propane shipments from getting to Canadian consumers.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/first-nations-blockade-in-southwestern-ontario-continues-for-third-day-1.1090240

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  1. Wapiwinkeeheehowsik

    Keep up the great work brothers & sisters!

    Kistaitamowin (respect)

  2. look, douchebag losers trying to suck more money out of us!

    guess what geniuses? you pissed away any support you had amongst the public long ago

    fact is, your corrupt leaders dont want to open their books to regular audits. Having lived in Tyedinega, I know the level of corruption present, where 95%+ of all the band council are from one family and all of them have beautiful homes and new cars, while the rest of the band lives on crumbs.

    The chiefs better get their houses in order – once audited, a lot of natives are going to be asking very uncomfortable questions about where their money went.

    • The blockade’s demands are for the prime minister to meet with Theresa Spence, not for more money. There is actually a fairly high level of support for Native struggles, and for Idle No More in particular. Bands are subject to audits but, like any other level of government, politicians often find innovative ways to enrich themselves and their supporters. Perhaps the only part of your comment that is correct are your observations about Tyendinaga, which I have seen in other reserves. The Aamjiwnaang first nation also suffers from birth defects, respiratory problems and other health disorders related to intense petro-chemical industry activity near Sarnia, known as Chemical Valley. The CN line they are blocking supplies the factories of Chemical Valley. If any Native band has a right to blockade industrial activity, it is bands such as Aamjiwnaang.

      • Wise , thoughtful ,peaceful , response! As someone else once said , in response to a mean spirited voice, “Forgive him father he knows not what he says”

  3. awsome response zigzag

  4. can you get the drums????????????????

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