Members of the Justice for Our Stolen Children movement are being removed from their protest camp site near the Legislative building in Wascana Park
The protesters have spent the last 108 days camped at the park, starting their protest shortly after the Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier trials concluded.
Colonialism No More spokesperson Robyn Pitawanakwat said this is an ongoing problem.
“The government has this push right now to have us out by Canada Day, which is very symbolic to clear the space so that non-indigenous Canadians can celebrate Canada,” Pitawanakwat said. “That’s our reaction right now, is just how symbolic it is.”
Meanwhile, Minister for Central Services Ken Cheveldayoff says the reasoning behind taking down the camp of protestors across the street from the Legislative Building in Regina isn’t due to upcoming Canada Day activities.
Cheveldayoff says that safety for those who use Wascana Park is their main concern and that the use of the park picks up in the summer which lead to the camp being taken down.
“As Mr. (Don) Morgan said, I don’t think it’s just Canada Day, it ramps up in the summer time,” Cheveldayoff said. “There are several events that had to be moved and concerns with that, and it’s just a busy place for all in the summer.”
On June 2nd, notice was given to the group by the Provincial Capital Commission stating that they would need to vacate the premises and remove their property from the park by June 5th.