THUNDER BAY – On Wednesday travel on major highways may be slowed by teach ins by Idle No More. Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy shares, “As many of you are aware January 16th has been identified as a National Day of Action for First Nations across Canada. I understand that many First Nations in Ontario are planning events within their communities or are planning joint events with other communities on January 16, 2013″.
Rally and walkers are planning peaceful educational events in the region.
“I encourage all those planning events to please exercise the utmost care and caution. If you have not already contacted the local police service in your area I urge you to do so and inform them of your plans. This will ensure that appropriate parties are informed of what will take place and will enable your communities and citizens to go out and exercise their right to make their voices heard in a safe environment. It is important that we put forward our message in a strong, safe and peaceful manner”.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are “advising the motoring public to be aware of potential traffic delays when undertaking travel planning in the days ahead”. In a media statement, the OPP state, “Protest activities may delay the normal flow of traffic on highways, including 400-series highways, and on other transportation corridors throughout Ontario beginning tomorrow. The OPP is working with those involved to minimize the impact on the traveling public and the movement of goods”.
In the Nipigon area, Idle No More is planning a rally along Highway 11-17. In the Kenora area another rally is planned.