Teepee erected on Parliament Hill highlights pain of Canada 150, activists say
First they grabbed the spotlight and now they’re moving closer to centre stage.
A group of Indigenous activists, who had a confrontation with police when they set up a teepee on the edge of the Canada Day celebration zone on Parliament Hill Thursday, announced to cheering supporters later in the day that RCMP security agreed to let them move next to the main stage.
Members of the Bawating Water Protectors, who came to the capital from Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday to set up the teepee, told the Star that the goal of their “reoccupation” of Parliament Hill is to highlight how Canada’s 150th anniversary is a painful reminder of residential schools, the appropriation of land, and decades of government-sponsored assimilation of Indigenous peoples.
The group points out that Parliament, itself is built on land that the Algonquin Anishinabe First Nation says is unceded. It plans to perform Indigenous ceremonies in the teepee all weekend, when 500,000 revellers are expected in downtown Ottawa.1
- 1. Ballingall, Alex. "Teepee erected on Parliament Hill highlights pain of Canada 150, activists say."The Star, 29 Jun. 2017, https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/06/29/canada-150-protesters-ere.... Accessed 1 Jul. 2017.