The 12:00 noon deadline for Sunday, June 17th has passed.
And the protest camp remains.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) June 17, 2018
In a demonstration at the camp site this morning, the protestors announced the tipi, the sole remaining structure on the property, will not be taken down.
“Indigenous people have been displaced by settler colonialism for long enough, We need to stand our ground,” said camp supporter Robyn Pitawanakwat. “We need to stay where our people can find us and where we are needed.”
The protesters were originally served with an eviction noticed back on June 5th, but didn’t comply and kept the camp up.
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Police then came in on June 15th and dismantled the camp after 108 days. The camp began shortly after the trials of Saskatchewan teenager Colten Boushie and an Indigenous girl from Winnipeg, Tina Fontaine, concluded.
Despite the order to have the tent taken down, Pitawanakwat said supporters at the camp are more focused on their peoples than the government.
“We are here to bring forward the voices of people who have lost their loved ones to violence, to the child family services system, to corrections,” she stated.