In the wake of a massive Canada-wide aboriginal day of action, one band is now planning to block a major highway in Alberta.
The Driftpile Cree Nation will be holding a peaceful blockade of Highway 2 in Driftpile, Alta. Saturday to protest the passing of the omnibus budget bill, C-45.
“There’s going to be a series of protests throughout the country until our voices are heard as first nation people," Rodney Chalifoux, band administrator, told the Grande Prairie Daily. He added that he wouldn't be surprised if supporters from neighbouring first nations communities joined the blockade.
Representatives from the Driftpile band intend to hold the blockade from 1 to 3 p.m.
The RCMP will be present at the blockade to "keep the peace," they said in a press release. They are also advising motorists plan ahead and should expect delays during this time.
The Driftpile first nation is approximately 47 kilometers west of High Prairie on Highway 2 towards Slave Lake, Alta.