Rail blockades must be resolved ‘the right way,’ Indigenous Services minister says

Canada’s Indigenous services minister Marc Miller said Sunday that solving the issue of the railway blockades, which have crippled both passenger and industry service across the country, must be done “the right way.”

On Saturday, Miller spent several hours meeting with members of Mohawk First Nation behind closed doors near a blockade on a CN Rail line on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ont.

“These issues are not going away anytime soon unless we do this the right way,” Miller said in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson on Sunday. “And yesterday was a small attempt to do so.”

The blockades, which have popped up across the country, are a show of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who are opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

After the meeting, Miller told reporters that “some modest progress” had been made, but said there was a lot of work left to be done.

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