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Idle No More Vancouver Protest Draws Over 100 People

12/21/2012 04:24 EST | Updated 12/21/2012 04:32 EST
HuffPost B.C.

More than 100 demonstrators gathered in the cold rain Friday for Vancouver's contribution to the "Idle No More" movement.

Protesters signs and flags, and sang songs outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to oppose Bill C-45, a series of changes to the Indian Act that protesters feel could trample their rights.

"They said the revolution will never be televised, but it will be on Twitter and Facebook," said Jerilynn Webster, a Vancouver-based hip-hop MC from the Nuxalk Nation.

On the same day, more than 1,000 protesters marched through Ottawa to draw attention to the bill and to a hunger strike by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.

Curtis Ahenakew, an indigenous activist from Saskatchewan, told the Vancouver crowd that the federal government has passed Bill C-45 because it will allow the Northern Gateway pipeline to be approved more quickly.

"Another fast way to ride right over us again," he said.

The rally was the second to hit Vancouver since Idle No More began earlier this month.

The first demonstration saw about 100 people march downtown, while a rally in Winnipeg drew over 500 protesters.

Suzi Bekkattla, a filmmaker and support worker with the Vancouver School Board, said protests haven't been as big in Vancouver because Idle No More's grassroots support is concentrated further east.

"Less is more," she told The Huffington Post B.C.

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