OTTAWA – On Saturday, May 10, hundreds of people gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in a rally to defend indigenous communities from varied attacks coming from the federal government. The day began with Kayanase giving the thanksgiving address followed by presentations by Jaqueline House who spoke about the tobacco trade and Nicole Lebrasseur who also gave a presentation critical of the way in which government policy fails to respect indigenous rights.
Lebrasseur stated that “this provincial policy should be implemented in a manner that is consistent with recognition and affirmation of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights in section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982.”
Donna Powless spoke about the Two Row Society, an organization of Onkwehon:we and non-Onkwehon:we people coming together to learn about the Two Row Wampum for the purposes of building genuine relationships through shared projects and struggle. They are based in Six Nations and welcome people from all nations to join.
Another protest is planned on Wednesday the 14th of May on Parliament Hill against Bill C-10, Bill C-33 and calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.