Protestors from the Idle No More movement formed a blockade in Downtown Toronto Friday night to bring awareness to treaty infringement by the Harper government.
“It even affects him,” said Cathy Walker, pointing to her son. “His rights are being taken away and unfortunately when a native child is born, he can’t just be born a child – he has to fight for his rights because his rights are being taken away from him.”
Idle No More is protesting Bill C-45, an omnibus bill which runs over 400 pages, focusing closely on changes to the Indian, Navigation Protection, and Environmental Assessment Acts.
Stephen Harper met with representatives from the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa today, and the protestors in Toronto shared a common of goal of creating solidarity with their partners in Canada’s capital.
“I’ve been a victim of colonialism, not honouring any of the treaties, education, [and] health,” said Philip Côte, one of over 200 protestors standing on College Street and Ossington Avenue. “The Bill C-45 is going to change a lot of things – it’s gonna take away our rights.”
Check out the next issue of the Sputnik for a feature on Idle No More.
6 thoughts on “‘Idle No More’ protest Toronto”
You have a great way of ‘getting to the point’ and providing a lot of information in such a short article. Very intriguing!
I disagree. The only thing good about this story is the photo. The title is misleading. It suggests the story will give insight into the Toronto protest. It doesn’t. The writer had an opportunity to cover a story that’s been done a million times through a unique angle-the protest-however she wasted that opportunity and stuck with the mundane and safe approach. A couple quotes, recap what people know, bam I’m done!
I disagree with you Lindsay, for spot news reiterating what happens is how it rolls. We are working on a more in depth story for next issue.
Right, but the title suggests the story is about the protest… which its not. I think she completely missed the point of her own story. Nonetheless, I’m intrigued to see your in depth coverage.
Thanks for the comments guys, and for the record I wasn’t in charge of the title.
Just a little bit of info to get out the word of THE protest…for many didn’t know…good job Layla.