(A group of about 50 people from Gesgapegiag have been completely blocking Route 132, just north of New Brunswick, since about 10 p.m. local time Tuesday.)
By Tim Fontaine
APTN National News
HALIFAX–Blockades are underway on two Mi’kmaq communities in the Gaspe region of Quebec.
People from the Listuguj First Nation have been blocking the railway at Pointe-a-la-Croix since December 28. The protesters say they’re allowing passenger trains to go through but are stopping freight traffic, which they say carries resources taken from their traditional territory.
They say they’ll continue the blockade until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to the treaty meeting requested Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who’s been on a hunger strike for three weeks.
In the nearby community of Gesgapegiag, a group of about 50 people have been completely blocking Route 132, just north of New Brunswick, since about 10 p.m. local time Tuesday.
Kateri Martin is taking part in the blockade and says most of the people there are youth.
They’re also hoping the blockade will add pressure to calls for Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston to meet with First Nation leaders and discuss the treaties.
Martin says they informed Gesgapegiag leadership that they would be blocking the highway but were told chief and council would not be supporting them. Without the support of chief and council, Martin says she’s worried police will move in and make arrests.
In Gesgapegiag, vehicle traffic is being diverted because of the blockade. Police are monitoring both situations but there are no reports of arrests.