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At a 2012 vigil honoring missing Aboriginal women. Over the last several decades, hundreds of Aboriginal women have been murdered in Canada. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgifford/8093168779/">Mike Gifford</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a 2012 vigil honoring missing Aboriginal women. Over the last several decades, hundreds of Aboriginal women have been murdered in Canada. Photo: Mike Gifford, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

First Nations rail blockade sparked by murdered and missing women

Via Rail service on the busy Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal line is to resume today after a First Nations blockade forced Via to bus passengers between Toronto and Ottawa yesterday.

Via spokesman Jacques Gagnon says 26 trains were cancelled yesterday, affecting an estimated 5,000 passengers. The blockade was part of recent protests in the Belleville area by a First Nations group calling for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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Chief R. Donald Maracle says the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council were not involved in the action and do not support the blockade. (The Canadian Press)

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