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Protesters dismantle blockade, northern B.C. highway reopens

01/13/2012 11:51 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Native protesters have taken down their blockade of Highway 27 in Fort St. James.

It's the only highway through that community and the only route to logging sites and construction at the Mount Milligan mine.

On Wednesday, 14 members of the Nak'azdli Indian Band halted almost all industrial traffic through the community, citing safety concerns.

They demanded to speak with MLA Pat Bell or MP Nathan Cullen.

"We came to a resolution last night because there's a meeting today with Pat Bell and John Rostad last night, and there's talks with the Ministry of Transportation staff," said band councillor, Rosemary Sam.

Sam says the province has also agreed to address safety concerns about the increasingly busy highway running through their territory.

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