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Highways clear following protest



The TransCanada and Highway 16 are open in both directions following a detour earlier today. Traffic is proceeding as normal.



The Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba plans to shutdown the Trans-Canada Highway with vehicles Saturday in what they’re calling a peaceful protest against the federal government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, APTN National News is reporting.

The blockade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Hwy 16. It is expected to end at 5 p.m., reports APTN National News.

"This is a main route," said organizer Tricia Beaulieu, 25 told APTN National News. "We’re closing up all the roads with vehicles."

"We’re doing this against Stephen Harper. We want our voices to be heard," she said. "This is our land. We welcomed the white people to come on our land and now they are taking that away from us. As a reserve we are going to do our best to be heard."

Beaulieu told APTN National News they’re also doing it to support the Idle No More movement that has swept across First Nations from coast to coast to protest against federal legislation, such as Bill C-45, that they say aims to rob them of land, their rights and identity.

She said she has spoken to the RCMP and was told as long as it’s peaceful they’ll be left alone.

» For the full story, see Saturday's Brandon Sun

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It was an inconvenience, but the detour was so far from the site of the protest, no one could tie the two events together. That begs the question "What was the point of the protest if it had no impact on anyone"? Stephen Harper was a long way from Hwy 16 and 1 intersection and wasn't inconvenienced one tiny bit. So do you supposed he noticed or even cared about this protest?

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