The camp outside the Saskatchewan Legislature is taking legal re-course against the provincial government.
Monday morning at the camp, it was announced the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp had filed an application regarding arrests on June 18th. Regina Police detained six members of the camp. They were quickly released and not charged.
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The camp’s legal counsel, Dan Leblanc, said they’re seeking two declarations from court. The first in regards to section 2B of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“We say these people have a right to be here and express themselves,” said Leblanc. “And we say that right is more important than the government’s interest in a green lawn.”
The second basis, he notes, is in regards to the arrests of the campers on an arbitrary basis.
“What we know from police statements that day is that individuals were arrested to assist police in their process of taking down the tipis. At law, that is without basis.”
Leblanc said they’re seeking declarations from the court indicating this and should it be received, would act as a deterrent and would make government hesitant to pursue further eviction attempts.
Camp spokeswoman Robyn Pitawanakwat was also present. She said they received a response of rejection from the Government of Saskatchewan regarding the list of actionable items they presented to the province during the July 2nd meeting in Fort Qu’Appelle.
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“These are issues that we are dealing with everyday. We have two to three new families coming here every day, seeking support, seeking re-unification with their families,” she said. “The response by government indicated that they’re already doing everything and they don’t need to change what they’re doing.
In a statement provided Monday afternoon, the government said they’re continuing to “work with Tribal Chiefs and the FSIN to address the issues raised by the protest camp during the meeting” and as an application is now before the courts, will not be commenting further.
Proceedings are set to begin at the Court of Queen’s Bench on August 23rd in Regina.
(with files from Brandon Graziano)