First Nations leaders and Idle No More activists have promised only peaceful protests on their national day of action Wednesday, but once the snow melts and warmer weather sets in, key highways — including the main road to Alberta’s Fort McMurray, a major oil production hub — could be blocked for days, weeks or even months, prompting what one chief called “chaos.”OK - let's get serious about this. Canadians who are fed up should stop patronizing native-run businesses. Stop buying cigarettes and cheap gas from businesses in Akwesasne when you cross the US border at Cornwall, Ontario. Stop spending money at Casino Rama in Orillia. Down in my neck of the woods, where natives routinely blockade Hwy 401 and the main CN Rail line from Montreal to Toronto where it crosses the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, we can start by boycotting the many native businesses associated with the reserve. Here's a list for those of you who live in the Belleville/Napanee area.
Natives can't have it both ways - they can't claim to be a quasi-sovereign nation within a nation, above the law and holding the rest of the country to ransom at regular intervals, while still expecting the hostages to cheerfully patronize their businesses. Let's call their bluff.