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‘Idle No More’ Moving to West Winnipeg Today

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Protesters hold up a sign at Portage and Main as part of the Idle No More movement in Winnipeg on Monday, December 31, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Idle No More movement will take their message and traffic blockade to the west end of the city this afternoon.

Protesters are set to rally at Portage Avenue and St. Charles Street at 1 p.m., according to a Facebook page.

The rally follows days of similar protests in other areas of the city — most recently a traffic stoppage at Portage and Main on New Year’s Eve.

The nationally-driven campaign is protesting federal Bill C-45 on First Nation treaty rights and other pieces of legislation.

About 150 people are expected to attend the peaceful rally. Previous events have included a traditional aboriginal round dance, drums, and protesters carrying signs to communicate their message.

‘Idle No More’ Halts Traffic at Portage and Main

By David Klassen

Protesters hold up a sign at Portage and Main as part of the Idle No More movement in Winnipeg on Monday, December 31, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Protesters gather in downtown Winnipeg as part of the Idle No More movement on Monday. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Hundreds of protesters assembled at Portage and Main shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday as part of the Idle No More movement.

What began as a rally on the side of the cement barriers that prevent pedestrians from crossing at the busy intersection soon spilled into the streets, forcing Winnipeg police to stop traffic in all directions as a safety precaution.

The group held a round dance and drumming ceremony in the centre of the intersection for about 20 minutes before moving north on Main toward Thunderbird House, where an event was scheduled for 4 p.m.

The nationwide movement is in protest of the federal Bill C-45 and First Nation treaty rights.

Social media has helped demonstrators organize themselves to hold peaceful rallies for the last several weeks in cities across Canada.

‘Idle No More’ Moves to Portage and Main

By Sarah Klein

The Idle No More movement will be taking their message to Winnipeg’s busiest intersection later today.

Supporters of the First Nations rally will protest at Portage and Main while blocking traffic to be heard. According to several Facebook pages, an afternoon rally is planned for 3 p.m., with another set for 10 p.m.

The grassroots campaign is over the omnibus budget bill C-45 and First Nation treaty rights.

Supporters have been holding rallies nationwide over the last several weeks, including a handful of round dances in Winnipeg shopping malls.

Winnipeg police couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on if they plan on directing traffic around the rally.

Earlier this month, the Idle No More movement blocked part of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg at Highway 16. RCMP redirected traffic around the scene, which added about a 30-minute delay for travellers.

‘Idle No More’ Rally to Block Airport Traffic

Aboriginal leaders will hold a rally this morning at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.

Organized by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO), the rally will include Norway House Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans and Cross Lake First Nation Chief Garrison Settee, with representation from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Southern Chiefs Organization.

The rally, being held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will then depart for the Manitoba legislature, where participants will join the Idle No More rally at noon.

The grassroots campaign, which has been picking up steam through social media, is over the omnibus budget bill C-45 and First Nation treaty rights.

— Staff