"Idle No More" Rally Held In Yellowknife
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - It had a bit of everything.
Drumming, chanting and cheering were all part of the "Idle No More" rally in downtown Yellowknife Friday afternoon.
The peaceful demonstration here was one of several held across the country Friday, including a huge rally on Parliament Hill.
Aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike were voicing their displeasure with the Harper Government's Bill C-45.
They say the sweeping omnibus legislation ignores existing treaties as well as water, land and resource agreements.
In Yellowknife, Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus said the rally was not about aboriginal rights.
"This is about human rights, because what is happening here is that Prime Minister Harper is ignoring the parliamentary democracy system by pushing through legislation."
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Erasmus said it makes him proud to see Canadians, aboriginal and non-aboriginal speaking out.
"There are freedoms that we have in this country and the big one is freedom of speech and freedom of association. We're allowed to be with whoever we want.
The rally in Yellowknife was to be followed by a drum dance in N'Dilo Friday night.
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