Mi'kmaq rights coalition to detour traffic in Sackville

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Part of Idle No More campaign

The Sikniktuk Mi'kmaq Rights Coalition/Elsipogtog Idle No More will be holding an information traffic detour in Sackville, N.B. this morning diverting traffic off the Trans-Canada Highway.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sikniktuk Mi'kmaq Rights Coalition/Elsipogtog Idle No More will be holding a "Justice For All" information traffic detour at Exit 504 in Sackville today, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The event is being held to bring attention to the disappearance of Mount Allison University student Chris Metallic, a member of Listuguj First Nation in Quebec, who has been missing since the early-morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 25, and to protest several pieces of federal legislation, including Bill C-38, Bill C-45 and the Indian Act.

An announcement on Facebook states: “To honor our ancestors and ourselves, survivors of colonization, we ask you to join us in solidarity with the "Idle No More - Global Day of Action” in Sackville, N.B., on the Trans-Canada Highway Exit 504 E on Monday Jan. 28, 2013.

“We will begin the day at 10 a.m. with an opening prayer and Mi'kmaq Flag raising ceremony. We will drum, chant, sing, and pray. We will have special guest speakers from various social justice groups and unions, musicians and will also deliver announcements requesting information about the whereabouts of our missing brother Chris Metallic.

“We will gather at the United Church Conference Centre at 12 noon to offer prayers of thanks to all the volunteers who have and continue to support the Metallic Family in their search for their missing son Chris Metallic.

“We understand the level of frustration, confusion and anger that people are feeling toward all of this injustice, however, we ask you kindly, please come with an open, honest, loving, respectful, humble heart. We must remember to conduct ourselves peacefully.”

Organizations: Mount Allison University, Listuguj First Nation, Trans-Canada Highway Exit 504 E United Church

Geographic location: Sackville, Quebec

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  • sueb
    January 30, 2013 - 08:04

    Wait a minute, it doesn't sound at all like they're exploiting Chris' disappearance to me. My take is that they are using the Idle No More protest as an opportunity to ALSO hand out flyers about Chris' disappearance. In my book that is called multitasking not exploitation. Not sure why all the disdain is being directed towards the First Nations People. The Idle No More protests are an effort to bring awareness and support for the protection of the environmental factors that sustain human life - water, air, land. That people would whine over being held up in traffic for a few minutes in the face of the potential destruction of our waterways is absolutely pathetic. Talk about low priorities.

  • Joanna
    January 29, 2013 - 10:04

    “To honor our ancestors and ourselves..." The Mi'kmaq are claiming this is for honor and respect. Have they not realized that these highway protests are the worst way to gain honor and respect? It is clearly having the opposite effect on their reputation.

  • Don From USA
    January 28, 2013 - 14:05

    How unfortunate the you must exploit the fact that Chris is missing to further your cause and to disrupt traffic on an issue that is already being dealt with and since Chief Spence has left her- self imposed hunger strike because everything is in motion to be discussed/dealt with I find this to be nothing more than a grab for publicity at the expense of both the family of Chris and the motoring public. Furthermore it does not put the idle no more movement in a good light with the public you are trying to appeal to, just to be clear i do support what the True idle no more movement is about and to feel strongly on the environmental impact it may cause, but these protest where you put issues that are not relevant to the movement is not appropriate to movement or the Metallic family. I wish the family my heartfelt sympathies for their missing family member and hope that the can get the answers they deserve

  • Jack On The Rocks
    January 28, 2013 - 12:41

    Very unfortunate that they are "using"the fact about the missing boy as the "reason" for the traffic stop...talk about exploiting your own people,for your own cause...

  • move along
    January 28, 2013 - 11:42

    i understand that this kid is missy and i feel bad for the family. But doing what they do with traffic to protest several pieces of federal legislation, including Bill C-38, Bill C-45 and the Indian Act is disgusting. all over the province. if we wanted to stop traffic here because of the lose of jobs here in Amherst i wouldnt have to worry about mortages or food etc because i,d be in jail. they have no right in stopping or redirecting taffic. maybe we should try it on albion st see what happens to us...

    • B
      January 29, 2013 - 06:06

      Just one more thing for native Americans to exploit , shame on all of you. !!!!