Manitoba chief prepared to press rail blockade

Posted: May 16, 2007 in CN Rail, Natives, Terrorism

A Manitoba chief isn’t backing down from tough talk about blocking rail lines next month to protest slow progress on First Nations land claims.

“… There are only two ways of dealing with the white man. One, either you pick up a gun, or you stand between the white man and his money,” Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation told CTV Newsnet’s Mike Duffy Live on Tuesday.

“Your attitude is we’re living off your good graces. This is our land, this is our property and that’s the way we look at it,” he said.

Indian people are starting to say, “‘Look, we are not going to settle land claims by sitting in front of a panel of immigrants to our land and they decide whether our land rights are proper or not’,” Nelson said.

In Ontario, Chief Angus Toulouse said it’s possible natives could blockade the 401 highway, one of Canada’s busiest, on the eve of the Canada Day long weekend

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