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Information picket on Shannonville Road

Motorists on Shannonville Road Sunday night passed through two information pickets believed to be related to calls for a federal inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered First Nations women.

The pickets began at about 8:50 p.m. near the southwest corner of the intersection of Shannonville Road and Highway 401, north of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and on the reserve about one kilometre south of the highway, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kristine Rae said.

Rae said those handing out information lit two bonfires along the roadside and stopped vehicles briefly to hand out leaflets.

“They are not blocking the road,” she said. “They're passing out information pamphlets.”

“We are speaking to them and everything's very peaceful.”

No details about the information being distributed were immediately available.

However, at a ceremonial bonfire at nearby Wyman Road Friday, activist Dan Doreen said there would be further demonstrations on the issue this week.

Hundreds of aboriginal women have gone missing or been killed dating back at least as far as the 1960s. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory resident Shawn Brant has been outspoken on the issue and last week wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, criticizing what he called the federal government's failure to convene an inquiry and pledging further action to compel the government.

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