The protesters camping out on the Saskatchewan Legislative lawns hosted their version of a pre Canada Day party.
The campers threw a Trespassers Powwow Saturday afternoon, in front of hundreds of people.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) June 30, 2018
Camp spokesperson Robyn Pitawanakwat called it a “pre Canada Day celebration” and it’s acknowledging what Canada was and what it could be going forward.
“When we celebrate Canada, it’s the creation of the state,” she said. “Which actually took away all the rights and displaced Indigenous people.”
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Pitawanakwat said for her and Indigenous peoples, acknowledgement of that is not worth celebrating.
“Canada has been very violent to us.”
Pitawanakwat also made a point of noting the powwow could be symbolic of what Canadian society could be in the future. She said the more people that turn out to support the issues Indigenous peoples present, the more it validates the importance of them.
“Indigenous youth in Saskatchewan are not having their needs met, they’re not being well treated,” she said. “They need to be returned home, whenever possible. They need to be taken out of situations of incarceration.”