By Kenneth Jackson, APTN National News, Dec 30, 2012
A blockade of a CN Rail main freight line is going into its third day north of Vancouver.
Chief Garry John of the Seton Lake Indian Band says community members put up the blockade Friday at 3 p.m. in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike that began Dec. 11 in Ottawa.
John said the rail line is the main route for CN from North Vancouver and Prince George. They are positioned near the mile 138 marker.
“An average of four trains go up through here each day,” said John.
John said CN hasn’t issued a court injunction to have the protesters removed like they did in Sarnia where a blockade of a spur line is in its ninth day. A court has ordered Sarnia police to remove the blockade but so far they’ve refused to intervene unless it’s done in a peaceful manner.
“We’re going to take it day by day. We certainly want the folks in Sarnia and Chief Spence to know we are in support of them,” said John as to when the blockade could end.
He said they expect to go into Sunday and are there now, where they’ll remain overnight.
Before blocking the line they called CN to give them a heads up.
APTN National News contacted CN but spokeswoman Emily Hamer provided no information.
CN is currently working to reroute freight trains in Sarnia because the blockaders say they’ll be there until there is a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Governor General and First Nation leaders, which is the same demand made by Spence.
Friday December 28, 2012
Today the T’Salalthmuc (People of the Lake) Stand in and voice Solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence on this, the 18th day of her Fast at Victoria Island.
T’Shalalthmuc are in Unity with the Global Idle No More Movement; In support of the Railway Blockade in Sarnia, Ontario AND to remind Prime Minister Harper that we have much to discuss in regards to Bill C45.
The T’salalthmuc are in Seton Portage at the railcrossing to Stop CN Rail from passing through today.
“It is with Honor We the St’at’imc of T’Shalath, Stand in Solidarity with Chief Spence. A Big Unity Shout out to our Brothers and Sisters in Sarnia, Ont, and Stop Bill C45/ Stop Harper!!”
Chief Garry John