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Regina protest packs up after 4 months camped out on Albert Street

colonialism-no-more-regina-inac-end-of-protestAfter a meeting with the INAC administration and Health Canada representatives, the camp has packed up

CBC News, August 21, 2016

The longest-running Colonialism No More solidarity camp has come to end after four months of protest and occupation in Regina.

Back in April. after a rash of suicides on the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, a group occupied Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Toronto and from there other camps and occupations sprung up across the country. Read the rest of this entry

‘Colonialism No More’ camp outside Regina’s INAC office surpasses 100 days

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Photo: Eagle Feather News

July 27, 2016

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. Read the rest of this entry

Colonialism No More group in Regina asked to move their tents

Occupy INAC regina tentsCTV News, June 28, 2016

The “Colonialism No More” group camped out in front of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Office in Regina is being asked to move their tents.

Sue Deranger, a member of the rally says the owner of the building and the property manager both approached the group and informed them they would like to landscape the space they are currently camping on.  Read the rest of this entry

Regina solidarity camp reaches one month anniversary

Regina colonial no more crowd

Photo: Eagle Feather News

The Colonialism No More Solidarity Camp officially began its occupation outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) offices in downtown Regina on Monday, April 18th.
The Camp, initially formed in solidarity with the Attawapiskat youth and the community’s declaration of a suicide crisis, operates solely on a volunteer basis for all day-to-day requirements. The Camp pushes for 3-4 occupiers to spend the night and calls on the community to bring meals and other essentials.
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Protesters claim victory after doors open at INAC office in Regina

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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.

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Protesters at Regina’s INAC office say they won’t leave until their demands are met

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Participants in Regina INAC protest, April 23, 2016. Facebook/ Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina)

People are camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office

By Madeline Kotzer, CBC News, April 25, 2016

Seven days after first pitching their tents, people remain camped out in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office.

Signs, fastened to the sides of tents along Albert Street, read “standing strong together” and “honk support change for First Nations”.  Read the rest of this entry

INAC protesters in Winnipeg record video of ‘unexpected’ police visit

INAC occupation winnipeg copFacebook video of the meeting has been viewed more than 5,000 times

By Jillian Coubrough, CBC News, April 25, 2016

When two police officers showed up at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Winnipeg, where protestors have been peacefully occupying for 12 days, the group figured the worst.

“I heard someone say ‘the police are here’ and the warriors went to the elevator to block them,” protest supporter, Vivian Ketchum told CBC News. The occupiers are standing in solidarity with the Attawapiskat community and other First Nations amid a suicide crisis. Read the rest of this entry

#Occupy INAC Vancouver ends occupation

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Children participating in Vancouver occupation of INAC offices, April 19, 2016.

Through their determination, courage and commitment the Council of Mothers have secured a meeting with both Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett and also Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to discuss their demands.

They are ending their occupation on Saturday April 23, 2016 at INAC. If anyone has supplies at INAC they need to pick up please do so today from 5-9 pm.

Please see and share the press release and statement below and be sure to share and attend the victory press conference and rally on Monday April 25th at 10:30 am. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/879500925505405/

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Vancouver #OccupyINAC group vows to stay until demands met

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Inside the Vancouver INAC offices, April 18, 2916. Photo: Facebook

‘There’s an urgency that our young people need to be heard,’ says protester inside Vancouver’s INAC office

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, CBC News, April 22, 2016

A group of women and children have been occupying the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver since Monday, April 18.

Jerilyn Webster, who is Nuxalk and Onodaga and a mother of one son, is part of the small group of Indigenous mothers and their children who are vowing to stay until their demands are met. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto protest ends, INAC offices still occupied in Winnipeg, Vancouver

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April 21, 2016 For the first time in nine days, people from a group called #OccupyINAC emerge from Toronto’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs office. (Sakura Saunders/Twitter)

#OccupyINAC protests ‘same energy’ as Idle No More, says Cree lawyer who was key figure in movement

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, April 21, 2016

On Thursday, demonstrators left the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, nine days after they took it over and sparked a protest that has spread across the country.

“The time has come for us to go back to our families and loved ones, and to come out and thank our supporters. Without you, this week of awareness that has spread across the land may never have happened,” read a statement from a group called #OccupyINAC, who say they were directed to leave by youth from Attawapiskat. Read the rest of this entry