Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

INAC occupation regina tents

Tents outside the Regina offices of INAC, April 18, 2016. Photo: Adriana Christianson/CJME News

Group still camped in front of building demands government address health services on First Nations

The Canadian Press, April 29, 2016

Protesters camping outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina are claiming victory after the doors to the federal office opened to the public for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Protester Robin Pitawanakwat said they just want the department to once again start serving the public they are paid to serve.

When the doors were unlocked on Thursday, she said the move signalled that the federal department is willing to listen to the concerns of the people.

The camp sprang up on April 18 in solidarity with protests in other cities demanding the department address mental health services on remote reserves like Attawapiskat.

The Regina group is also calling on the government to provide solutions to issues such as inadequate, overcrowded housing and clean drinking water on reserves across Saskatchewan.

The protesters said they plan to continue their campout in front of the building.

The small group of protesters said they are getting positive reaction from the public, with people dropping off donations of food. The Canadian Union of Public Employees is also lending visible support to the camp with a rented white tent for food and shelter.



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