MNS Threatens Blockades of Northern Highways

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 15:39



The Metis Nation of Saskatchewan is promising “non-violent civil disobedience” on major northern highways if the province doesn’t start recognizing the MNS executive.


The Metis organization and the provincial government have been at odds for several months over the legitimacy of last year’s MNS election.


MNS treasurer Ray Laliberte has also written to Cameco president Don Ching demanding his company consult and accomondate the MNS on issues related to resource extraction in the North.


Laliberte says the Supreme Court has already ruled that industry and government must consult with Aboriginal groups with unproven land claims — which Lalibete says includes the massive Metis land claim in northwest Saskatchewan.


Laliberte says if the MNS doesn’t get its way, there’s no shortage of major northern highways where they could set up roadblocks and disrupt traffic from uranium mines.


Laliberte is asking Cogema to lobby the provincial government on behalf of the MNS.