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CN drops legal action against Mohawks

CN drops legal action against Mohawks

Canadian National Railway Co. said Wednesday it would withdraw legal action against the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte after receiving sworn evidence that the Chief and Band Council neither authorized nor approved the April 20 blockade of CN’s main line near Deseronto, Ont.

   However, the railroad said it would continue to seek damages from participants in the blockade that halted freight and passenger traffic along its busiest rail corridor for 30 hours, including blockade leader Shawn Brant.

   “CN thanks the Band and its duly elected representatives for their cooperation in this matter. The Band’s action will promote a stronger relationship with CN, which supports First Nations in their pursuit of settlements with governments,” said Sean Finn, CN’s senior vice president, public affairs, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

   “CN’s policy is to promote solid relationships with First Nations across its network in Canada. But we will continue to take legal action against any individual who engages in illegal activities that disrupt or damage our transportation business.”

   Chief R. Donald Maracle said: “The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has always advocated peaceful negotiations and resolution of outstanding claims. Protests and blockades do not help to advance First Nations objectives in ongoing negotiations.”