Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Support growing for first nation blockade in Sarnia, protester says

A member of a southwestern Ontario first nation blockading a CN Rail line in Sarnia says gestures of support are flooding in as the protest reaches its fifth day.

Ron Plain of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation says donations such as blankets and food are coming in from within the province and as far away as California as word of the demonstration spreads through social media.

Mr. Plain says organizers have yet to decide whether to challenge a court injunction granting police the power to end the protest.

Story continues below advertisement

Sarnia police have said they won't move to stop the blockade unless there is a safety risk.

Demonstrators say the blockade will continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a hunger strike to bring attention to aboriginal issues.

Meanwhile, members of two first nations near Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario have posted a message on Facebook saying they plan to launch their own rail blockade Thursday to back Ms. Spence.

Report an error
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.