the round dance on Parliament Hill after the IdleNoMore rally. Have you ever been a part of a circle this big? (Ottawa, Canada)
A group of more than a 1000 strong marched from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill on Friday as part of the IdleNoMore movement.
The rally was in protest of Bill C-45, the omnibus budget legislation, and a powerful show of solidarity with Theresa Spence, chief of Attawapiskat First Nation, who was on day eleven of her hunger strike.
It was a cold, damp, blustery day. The weather had flags smacking protesters in the face (my face included), slush seeping into boots and fat snowflakes weaseling their ways into eyes, but this certainly did not diminish the chanting.
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as we begin to march toward Parliament Hill for the #IdleNoMore rally (Ottawa, Canada)
folks mustering at Victoria Island for the #IdleNoMore rally. People of all ages: kids, infants in waterproof baby-backpacks, youth, elders. (Ottawa, Canada)
#IdleNoMore sign left behind as the march from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill began. (Ottawa, Canada)
now this is how you march. #IdleNoMore (Ottawa, Canada)
flags. signs. people. Not being idle despite the winter weather. “There’s a cool sign over there,” said my friend Ashley. I assume she meant this one. Bu then there were more than a thousand people there and hundreds of placards. (Ottawa, Canada)
with my dear friend Ashley and a dude with a lovely toque/scarf combo. #IdleNoMore (Ottawa, Canada)
my view for most of the march. Not a bad one, I must say. #IdleNoMore (Ottawa, Canada)
Bridget Tolley, co-founder of Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) carrying the Kitigan Zibi flag. #IdleNoMore (Ottawa, Canada)
speakers on the steps of Parliament Hill for the #IdleNoMore rally. People packed the stairs rendering the concrete below their feet unseeable. (Ottawa, Canada)
the rally ended with a round dance on Parliament Hill. These are some of the people in the centre of the circle. (Ottawa, Canada)