A Native warrior society group from Cape Breton has joined a protest at a Trans-Canada Highway construction site west of Charlottetown.


Stephen Yeo, the province's chief engineer, talks to warrior Chief Peter Bernard at a camp protesting the realignment of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Charlottetown. (John Jeffery/CBC)

Warrior Chief Peter Bernard and his family arrived from Cape Breton Wednesday morning. More members of the warrior society are expected to arrive later in the day. Protesters who have been staying at the base camp are briefing Bernard on the situation.

Bernard told CBC News he is concerned that a sacred fire lit by a local Mi'kmaq leader was moved when a protest camp was cleared by RCMP Friday. He did not want to comment further until he had talked to local officials.

RCMP said the camp was too close to construction work, and was cleared to keep the protesters safe.

The protesters say the realignment of the highway between Bonshaw and New Haven is unnecessary and harmful to the environment. They are particularly concerned about the fate of hemlock trees on the site that are estimated to be 200 years old.

The province says the realignment is necessary for safety reasons.

RCMP reported the construction site was quiet early Wednesday morning.