Protest over pipeline blocks traffic heading to Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls

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A protest at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls shut down the border crossing this afternoon.

About 200 people stopped traffic in protest of what they call an “invasion of the Wet’suwet’en Nation” due to the proposed pipeline in British Columbia.

The demonstration started around 2 p.m. near Highway 420 and Stanley Avenue, at which point the protesters marched towards the bridge, blocking traffic from travelling into the United States.

The group, Idle No More Niagara, organized the event which ended at Oakes Garden Theatre.

"Let it be known that our Brothers and Sisters from Wet’suwet’en Nation are not in this alone. The Niagara Region is home to 16 000 + Indigenous people and we support them. The Government of Canada has continuously failed to meet its legal responsibilities to the original inhabitants - specifically, the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The Wet’suwet’en hereditary governance system predates confederation and they are still here today. This was reaffirmed by the landmark Delgamuukw-Gisday'way case of 1997 (also known as Delgamuukw v. British Columbia)." - Organizing Committee Member