Idle No More movement protests at Eaton Centre
Hundreds of people with the Idle No More movement demonstatred at the Eaton Centre Sunday afternoon.
The group converged on the Centre Court fountain at 2pm. Demonstrators moved up through the mall, holding banners over the fountain from 4 floors up.
The group drummed, clapped & chanted "Meet Chief Spence".
Similar demonstrations have been taking place across Canada & in the US in recent weeks. On December 21st, about 1000 Idle No More demonstrators closed the intersection of Yonge & Dundas.
The Idle No More movement was born out opposition to the federal budget bill & it's possible impact on Aboriginal communities. The bill removed federal oversight over waterways without consulting aboriginal groups who depend on them for water & food.
Theresa Spence, Chief of the Attawapiskat reserve is on day 19 of a hunger strike. She has vowed to continue it until she gets a meeting with Prime Minister Harper to discuss treaty issues.
The government points to a meeting it held last January with First Nations leaders as proof it's serious about improving their relationship. The government adds that it's spent millions on aboriginal health, housing & education.
But aboriginal leaders say they're being left out of the discussion the government is having about how best to develop Canada's lucrative natural resources.
Spence has turned down offers from Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan to meet up.
(With files from the Canadian Press)
*Pictures from twitter, video from Occupy Bay Street