Idle No More protests continue to sweep the province as organizers say a round dance flash mob brought roughly 1,800 people to The Centre mall in Saskatoon on Thursday night.
Like many of the Idle No More protests that are happening across the country, the flash mob at The Centre mall on 8th Street was aimed at Bill C-45, which was passed in the Canadian Senate on Dec. 14.
Supporters say they are upset about the effects of the Harper government’s policies on aboriginal communities and they want First Nations to be recognized as sovereign stakeholders in decisions affecting the country’s land and resources.
Jamie Martell, one of the organizers of Thursday’s event said the demonstration is also in support of Chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, Theresa Spence, who has been on hunger strike for more than three weeks in an attempt to get a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
“It’s great to see that so many people are starting to open their eyes and they’re wanting to protect the land the government is trying to take away,” said Martell adding the protests are also aimed at future generations of First Nations.
“We hope that the youth get more involved so they know what’s going on, we’re trying to educate them,” said Martell. “The more and more they hear about it the more and more they start speaking openly.”
Although most of the flash mob participants were from Saskatoon, Martell explained supporters from across the province were present at the demonstration.
With files from The Canadian Press