A protest continues outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina, despite a fence being put up around the building on Tuesday afternoon.
A crowd first gathered to bring attention to issues like the suicide epidemic in Attawapiskat First Nations.
The Regina office is not the only office that has opted to close its doors as a result of protests.
Other office closures are at the INAC headquarters in Gatineau, as well as the Toronto and Winnipeg..
A notice on INAC’s website says:
“Due to exceptional circumstances, the following INAC offices are operating but closed to the public, including the publicly accessible Registration Office (while walk-up services are not available, information lines and Internet services are operational).”
The protests began last week, as a response to the state of emergency called by the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat due to the alarming rates of suicide attempts there.
Protesters refused to leave the INAC offices in Toronto and Winnipeg and by Friday, the Regina group had joined in the call for real action and not band-aid solutions.
Pitawanakwat says Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of INAC, going to Attawapiskat this week doesn’t change things for First Nations people.
Monday, elected federal government officials had the opportunity to visit the Attawapiskat First Nation to meet with community leaders, members and youth to listen to them first-hand about their challenges.