Sask. request to remove tipi demonstration from legislature postponed to September
REGINA -- The government of Saskatchewan will have to wait until Sept. 4 to request a court order for the removal of a man's tipi from the legislature's lawn.
Provincial lawyers filed an application to the Court of Queen's Bench seeking a court order to have Tristen Durocher's camp forced out of Wascana Park.
The 24-year-old Indigenous man walked more than 600 kilometres to Regina from a community in northern Saskatchewan to call for legislative action to address high suicide rates in the region.
Durocher’s lawyer has until Aug. 20 to present a Notice of Constitutional Question.
“The fact that they’re trying to usurp and trump the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code with a Wascana Park bylaw is absolutely ridiculous,” Durocher said.
Durocher, who is on a tea fast until mid-September, says grieving families have been coming to the site.
Court documents filed by the province say the man doesn't have a permit and that overnight camping and fires are prohibited in the park.
"Protests and gatherings are welcome within Wascana Centre, but must follow the bylaws that govern the park," the province said in a statement.
The documents say Durocher has been made aware of the rules and Regina police won't enforce them without a court order.
With files from the Canadain Press.