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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."
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British Columbia, Feb 13 (Canadian-Media): In an email sent by Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller after midnight Thursday, it was stated that Miller would meet with the Mohawks of Tyendinaga on Saturday if they agree to end an eight-day demonstration that had caused shut down of passenger and freight rail traffic through southern Ontario, media reports said.
Marc Miller. Image credit: Twitter
The email by Miller was sent to three individuals, including Kanenhariyo, whose English name is Seth LeFort; Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Chief Donald Maracle; and Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald.
"I hope you will agree to this request and that we can meet in a spirit of peace and co-operation that should guide our relationship," Miller wrote in the email.
In this morning's meeting, Mohawk demonstrators plan to discuss how to respond to this offer.
An injunction had been issued by the Ontario Superior Court last Friday prohibiting continued interference with CN Rail's operations and the demonstrators had been warned by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) an enforcment of the injunction with increased presence of OPP on Thursday morning.
Miller had also expressed his desire in the email to renew a 17th century treaty between the Iroqouis and European settlers.
"I am writing to confirm what I agreed orally a short while ago: that pursuant to the principles of the Silver Chain Covenant, I hereby agree to polish the Chain with you and the Kanien'kehá:ka of Tyendinaga at a location of your choosing this coming Saturday," wrote Miller.
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Belleville (Ontario), Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): A warning was issued Tuesday by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers who met members of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, who had shut down traffic through Canadian National (CN) Rail tracks near Belleville, Ont., to clear the area or face a raid and arrests, media reports said.
OPP make an effort to end Mohawks demonstration. Image credit: Twitter
After the meeting, a court order prohibiting continued interference with railway operations was read out by an Ontario Superior Court enforcement officer who was escorted by the OPP.
Mohawks of Tyendinaga had begun the demonstration Thursday to support Wet'suwet'en to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The demonstrators who met the officers said they would relay the message to the others.
157 trips cancellation by CN railways on the Toronto-to-Montreal corridor by 8 a.m. Tuesday, had forced at least 24,500 passengers to change their travel plans had affected shipments ranging from propane to feedstock.
Over the past two days, many community members stopped to express support or drop off supplies at the two new canvas tents pitched Monday evening.
With efforts to come to an agreement, the OPP team had also brought a gift of maple syrup.
"I don't know that we are in a place to have gifts at the moment," said Kanenhariyo, a member of the Mohawk community.
"You did kind of come here to threaten us."
"You can't come here on our land and evict us off our land. You don't have the authority to do that," Kanenhariyo.
OPP Sgt. Diana Hampson, the lead liaison officer, said the Mohawks had made their point and that they were heard.
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British Columbia, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): It was stated by Tyendinaga Mohawk members that a five-day shutdown of passenger and freight rail traffic through eastern Ontario in support of Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents won't end until the RCMP leaves the territory of the Wet'suwet'en, media reports said.
Mohawk Demonstration. Image credit: Twitter
A court order was enforced, by RCMP last Thursday, against those blocking construction on the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Northern B.C. but the demonstrators were undeterred and said that their goal would not change.
"It's a piece of paper in our eyes, another tree cut down so you can hand it to us," said Tyendinaga Mohawk member Jacob Morris.
"I'm not worried one bit."
The demonstration has caused the cancellation of 92 Via Rail trains affecting over 16.000 passengers on one of Canada's busiest rail corridors connecting Toronto to Montreal.
Belleville (Ontario), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): Delaying of passenger trains on Thursday in southern Ontario was caused by blocking rail lines by a small group from the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory to support Wet'suwet'en camps set up to stop a natural gas pipeline in B.C., media reports said.
Trains halted in Southern Ontario. Image credit: Twitter
Ontario provincial liaison team was meeting with the group from Tyendinaga, said
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The protest group gathered around the tracks in support of the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camps, said OPP Sgt. Carolle Dionne.
A court injunction against people blocking the Coastal Gaslink project was enforced on them by RCMP on Thursday and several arrests were made.
"Our members from the provincial liaison team are working with them to provide some alternative plans if they want to get their message across in support of the Wet'suwet'en issue that is lawful and peaceful," said Dionne.