Regina’s “Colonialism No More” camp has now reached a new milestone: 101 days.
Back in April, groups across Canada held rallies to address the First Nation suicide crisis at the Attawapiskat First Nation.
Since then, camps in Vancouver and Toronto have since packed up but Regina’s camp outside the local Indigenous and Northern Indigenous Affairs (INAC) office has remained strong.
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The camp celebrated their new milestone with a barbecue and campfire storytelling.
Protester Prescott Demas has been with the camp since the beginning. He said the discussions they had with INAC staff have been productive.
“It went fairly good,” Demas said.
“The last couple of meetings, we had a recap of what we’ve gone over so far, and where we are with each other.”
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The camp said they’re not leaving until there are plans in place to address education and job opportunities for First Nations people on reserves.
“It’s these issues that sort of feed into that homelessness and poverty level. [We] need to be doing something to deal with this,” Demas said.
“With INAC, we didn’t want them to just rubber stamp an idea and put it on the side, and we can pack up and leave, and then find out later nothing’s been dealt with,” he said.