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Natives to expand rail blockade into northern Ontario

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About a dozen demonstrators with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, Ont. blocked the CN line on their reserve Friday, Dec. 21 to protest the federal government's Bill C-45. (CATHY DOBSON/QMI AGENCY)

About a dozen demonstrators with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, Ont. blocked the CN line on their reserve Friday, Dec. 21 to protest the federal government's Bill C-45. (CATHY DOBSON/QMI AGENCY)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - Garden River First Nation in northern Ontario is blocking the transportation of goods through its territory by rail and road for 12 hours Thursday.

The blockade is an expansion of a similar one of a CN rail spur line at Aamjiwnaang First Nation in southwestern Ontario, in support of the national Idle No More movement.

That one, near Sarnia, began last Friday.

Craig Sayers, head councillor for Garden River, said some protesters will block the northern rail line while others will close the Trans Canada Highway at the intersection of 17A and B in Sault Ste. Marie from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sayers said local traffic will be able to get through.

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