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Tipis coming down at Saskatchewan legislature grounds on Tuesday
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:54AM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:26PM CST
The Justice for our Stolen Children camp has announced they will be packing up the tipi camp at the legislature grounds on Tuesday.
The move comes after a judge ordered the group to vacate the site on Friday.
Protesters started camping at the site last February after acquittals in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine.
Organizers say the main tipi and sacred fire will remain, but the rest of the structures will come down on Tuesday night. Although the tipis are coming down, the protesters want to continue promoting hope and unity. But, they are concerned families will lose a much-needed support group.
“A lot of these families don’t have phones, they don’t have internet, all they have is a bus pass and the ability to get around the city,” organizer Robyn Pitawanakwat said. “So, being here, having a 24 hour a day presence allowed for families to come forward at any time. That worked for them and being dismantled, that would cease to exist.”
“We are pleased to hear that the protest camp has signaled that they will voluntarily dismantle the camp this evening and are hopeful that they will fully abide with the court order,” Central Services Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said in a written statement. “Our government has met with the protest group on multiple occasions. We continue to work with First Nations leadership on important issues facing Indigenous people in Saskatchewan.”
The campers will hold a round dance and potluck at 5 p.m. for supporters.