10/17/2013 06:31 EDT | Updated 12/17/2013 05:12 EST

Highway 6 Blocked Near Caledonia By First Nations Protesters

Caledonia-- 04/23/2006 - A native occupier stands at the barricade which has been set up on Higway 6 in Caledonia. The barricade was set up by the Six Nations people over a land dispute. (Photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

CALEDONIA, Ont. - Ontario Provincial Police say First Nations protesters have shut down Highway 6 in southern Ontario between the communities of Hagersville and Caledonia.

Const. Mark Foster says the the protest blockade involves 30 to 40 people.

A local news agency, Turtle Island News, says people from Six Nations shut down the road in solidarity with First Nations protesters arrested Thursday during a demonstration against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick.

Foster says the protesters are walking on the highway and blocked motorists during the evening rush, but adds the protest has been peaceful.

Foster says a liaison team is talking with the protesters in an effort to get the road reopened.

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