Two trains of vehicles reduced traffic on stretches of Canada's busiest highway Friday morning in Ontario in a show of solidarity with a pipeline protest in British Columbia.
One rolled west from the eastern part of the province while the other began in southwest Ontario and headed east. Both left before dawn and stopped the traffic during the morning rush hour.
A fleet departed from the Mohawk Nation in Akwesasne, about 86 km southeast of Ottawa, and traveled about 50 km / h as it moved toward Belleville, Ont. The people of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, south of Montreal, joined those of Akwesasne.
Provincial police officers formed a bumper around the eight trucks and SUVs and traffic around.
Brandon Bigtree, who was driving one of the vehicles, said the demonstration was to show support for protesters in the Uniston field – the site of a fortified checkpoint preventing people prepared to work on the project of the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline to the Wet & # 39; suwet? en territory in northern BC
Watch the roadblock rolling along Highway 401 in eastern Ontario
Wet-suwet & # 39; s and the police agreed to allow the company to have access to pre-construction work, as specified in a provisional injunction for the time being, after arrests on Monday.
"We are strong with our brothers and sisters in the west. What is happening is not right," Bigtree said.
He said that indigenous communities across Canada feel that the federal government and provinces are failing.
"We just have to leave [the federal government] we know that we are all united. "
Those on the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne train are also trying to raise awareness about local governance issues. Some in the community are frustrated with how the elected band's council has handled negotiations over a 130-year-old land claim along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. They are arguing that the nation's hereditary leadership plays a greater role in the process.
The train hopes to reach the Mohawk Territory of Tyendinaga today.
Meanwhile, the second train left the London area of Ontario before dawn to slow down 401 highway traffic in southwestern Ontario.
The people of Oneida Nation of the Thames and Chippewa of the First Nation of the Thames were walking in the dozen vehicles that made up the caravan. The action caused considerable deceleration for the passengers.
"We are making this blockade as a peaceful reminder to Canadians that First Nation people have rights to the land," said Brandon Doxtator, who was in one of the vehicles.
Oneida's train was heading for the Six Nations Nation of the Great River, south of Brantford, Ontario, where a demonstration was planned for later on Friday.