As blockade nears two week mark, Indigenous Services Minister says peaceful solution still possible

Protestors with signs and flags set up camp on the rail crossing at Wyman Road. File photo.

Adam Prudhomme

A stalemate between protestors blocking rail tracks in Tyendinaga and the Canadian government continued into Wednesday, marking Day 13 of the blockade.

An emergency debate on the matter was held in Ottawa’s House of Commons on Tuesday night with Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller quoted as saying there is a ‘path forward’ to resolving the issue peacefully, but didn’t offer many details on the specifics of those steps.

Despite a court injunction obtained by CN Rail three days into the blockade to end the protest, no trail has been allowed through the crossing at Wyman Road in Tyendinaga. The protestors have said they won’t end the demonstration until the RCMP leave the Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. 

The demonstration has caused major service interruptions and financial losses to CN Rail and Via Rail across the country. Partial passenger traffic is expected to resume in other parts of the country tomorrow.

OPP say they’re exercising ‘police discretion’ as they continue to monitor the blockade.

So far, the OPP have yet to make any arrests in relation to the Mohawk’s protest.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on Canadians to be patient as the government continues to negotiate an end to the blockade. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have said they won’t hold any meetings with the government until the RCMP leave their territory.

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