Fracking protestor group comes to Thunder Bay

A group of young people making its way across the country in support of fracking protesters in New Brunswick, wraps up a visit to Thunder Bay today.

A group of young people making its way across the country in support of fracking protesters in New Brunswick, wraps up a visit to Thunder Bay today.

The "Vancouver Caravan" was co-organized by Ambrose Williams of Gitksan First Nation. He said it’s a vehicle through which the message of going back to traditional teachings can be taught.

Ambrose Williams says the cross-country trip is a way of returning to traditional teachings. (Adam Burns/CBC)

"There used to be messengers that would travel across country, village to village,” he said.

“We wanted to travel from the west coast to the east coast, with the message that, no matter where you are in Canada, we're standing as one nation."

The group started in Vancouver with eight people, but picked up a ninth in North Battleford, Sask. Williams said he hopes it will "pick up steam" as the journey continues.

"Our plan is basically to show peaceful solidarity," Williams said. "We don't want to come in there and impose ourselves ... But we also want to show that we're there for them."

Williams said the group hopes to reach New Brunswick in about a week.

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