(WINDSOR, ON) – With the announcement that Greg Rickford was being appointed Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, in Doug Ford’s newly elected provincial government, the possibility of new Idle No More protests has arisen.
Tom Bressette, the chief of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, says that combining the Indigenous Affairs portfolio into another ministry could result in demonstrations at border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge.
In 2013, the Idle No More protests were in response to the federal Bill C-45 brought in by the Harper government. Almost 2,000 activists of all ages marched along Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge on January 16, 2013.
Bressette is concerned that the merging of ministries will result in reduced funding for native issues. He isn’t averse disrupting the general public by blockading the border crossings.