OTTAWA, Ont. — A day of rail blockades and economic disruptions planned by aboriginal groups June 29 may have been averted, thanks to a deal between the feds and the Roseau River First Nation.
Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has appeased a Manitoba native group that threatened to block a CN Rail line June 29 by offering the group 75 acres of new reserve land. Chief Terry Nelson, who had threatened economic disruptions, said he will call off the rail line blockade.
“We’re saying to Jim Prentice: You’ve done the right thing, we commend you for doing that, and we will not block the rail line,” Chief Nelson told media last night.
Native groups, appreciative of Prentices efforts to settle land claims issues, predict June 29th Day of Action will be largely peaceful.
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