CN talking with Mi'kmaq groups about railway blockade near Halifax

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HALIFAX - Canadian National says it is talking with aboriginal organizers in Nova Scotia over their plans to block trains running between Halifax and Truro today.

Chief Bob Gloade of Millbrook First Nation says the blockade of passenger and freight trains is planned as part of Idle No More protests across the country.

Gloade says the blockade was scheduled on Millbrook First Nation land between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

CN spokesman Jim Feeny says the usual process in similar blockades has been to hold talks with aboriginal groups in an effort to keep lines open.

Gloade says the blockade is sanctioned by the band council and is part of a growing wave of protests and blockades organized by the Idle No More movement.

Via Rail couldn't be reached for comment on whether afternoon passenger train service will be affected.

Organizations: Canadian National, Via Rail

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Truro

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