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Ottawa, Feb 17 (Canadian-Media): Saturday's request by Canada's Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller to the Mohawks of Tyendinaga to temporarily halt a demonstration and allow trains to pass through the rail corridors was turned down by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief, Chief Woos, also known by the name of Frank Alec, media reports said.
Marc Miller. Image credit: Twitter
Millers meeting On Saturday with Mohawks was a ceremonial encounter on the CN train tracks to renew a 17th Century treaty between the Iroqouis and the British Crown known as the Silver Covenant Chain.
The Mohawks were determined to keep the railways shut until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) leaves Wet'suwet'en territory, which had been raided for many days by the Mounties earlier this month.
RCMP is the federal and national police service of Canada and provides law enforcement at the federal level.
"I would suggest to you loud and clear that we want the RCMP out of Gidimt'en territory... in our eyes, it's our territory...They are out there with guns, threatening us" said Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chief Woos, also goes by the name of Frank Alec in the midst of Saturday meeting where he was patched through on a speaker phone.
Miller said he would be taking these issues to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal cabinet and added,
"There is a lot of information that is getting either distorted or not clear…. I will go back to cabinet. I will go back to the prime minister. My understanding is that the Wet'suwe'ten leadership is properly engaged, that they traced a path forward."