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Saskatoon First Nations protest against Harper government

Event part of national day of action by Aboriginal people, supporters
Reported by Bryn Levy
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Several hundred protesters took part in a demonstration against the federal government in Saskatoon today.

Called Idle No More, the event was one of several rallies held across the country. Protesters were demonstrating against parts of the Harper government's bill C-45. They said that multiple provisions in the bill will have negative impacts on First Nations people across the country.

"We are standing up as people from many different nations around this area, and standing with our brothers and sisters across Canada as one voice saying 'No' to the Harper government ... this will not stand, " said Dion Tootoosis, one of the event's organizers.

The group of demonstrators included a large contingent of SIAST students. Michelle Bigwolf, president of SIAST's aboriginal student's association, said she was especially pleased with the turnout for the event.

"It's great to see the numbers and the young people because the impact is not only going to be felt on the here and now today, but for the future to come," she said.

The demonstrators met at the Rainbow Community at 808 20th St. W. From there, they marched to the office of Conservative Party MP Kelly Block.

Block's office was closed when they arrived. The demonstration blocked off part of 22nd Street heading westbound, demonstrators then marched down the eastbound lane as well.

Police arrived at the scene shortly after noon to divert traffic.

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