Group blocks motorists who refuse MMIW flyer at Ontario/Manitoba border

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A group of Aboriginal people were blocking motorists along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba/Ontario border any time someone refused informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women Friday.

Some people sat in their cars and refused to take the flyers, which sometimes led to shouting matches.

Dennis Ward/APTN Photo

When a flyer was refused the group sometimes blocked both lanes.

Dennis Ward/APTN Photo
Dennis Ward/APTN Photo

The group vowed to remain at the border until they handed out at least 1,181 flyers – the number of Indigenous women missing or murdered between 1980 and 2012 according to an RCMP report last year.

The RCMP updated its report Friday and the rally was meant to coincide with its release.

APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.

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Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.

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