Native protest Saturday at Seaway International Bridge

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Seaway International Bridge

First Nations protesters will be out Saturday morning at the Seaway International Bridge to continue advocating for a better relationship with Ottawa.

Demonstrators will gather at the bridge at 10 a.m. Saturday for a protest. Cornwall police are closing the traffic circle, so motorists are advised to make alternate travel plans.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations leaders next Friday to discuss the issues.

The Jan. 11 meeting will focus on treaty rights and economic development within First Nations communities.

A handful of First Nation leaders have been on hunger strikes to gather attention to their cause. The commitment has helped call attention to the broader Idle No More movement, which has seen First Nations groups across the country and elsewhere hold flash mobs, demonstrations, and road and rail blockades in a bid to forge a new relationship between Ottawa and First Nations communities.

Organizations: First Nations

Geographic location: Ottawa, Cornwall

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