Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he is open to meeting the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, but on one condition: they end a protest that has ground rail transportation to a halt in Ontario.
The protests on the rail line in eastern Ontario have stopped passenger and freight cars. The demonstrations are being held in solidarity with members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, who are protesting the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Northern B.C. Two hereditary chiefs from that First Nation have now launched a lawsuit against the federal government.
“As you well know, this is a highly volatile situation and the safety of all involved is of the utmost importance to me," Mr. Miller said in a public letter. "I hope you will agree to this request and that we can meet in the spirit of peace and cooperation that should guide our relationship.”
The Mohawks have not yet said if they will acquiesce to the request.
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