First Nations to continue with HST protest blockades, even if deal reached

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TORONTO — First Nations leaders are ready to roll out blockades across Ontario even though they expect to reach an accord by Friday with Ottawa and the province for a break under the new harmonized sales tax.

A study done by Fred Lazar, at York University says the deal would save residents of aboriginal communities between 85 (m) million and 120 (m) million dollars in the first year of the new tax.

The protests are set to kick off Monday morning with a blockade of the railway in Batchewana First Nation, a community near Sault Ste. Marie.

Residents of the K-I (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug) First Nation, a fly-in community 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, are also planning to participate in the blockade.

But the protest will be called off once First Nations leaders ink the tax deal with the federal and Ontario governments.

Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse says he anticipates an announcement by Friday. (Globe and Mail)

Organizations: First Nations, York University, Globe and Mail

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO, Ottawa Sault Ste. Marie Thunder Bay

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