Idle No More Protesters Hit Streets Of Vancouver

Posted: Updated:
Idle No More protesters gather outside Vancouver city hall on Jan. 11. (CP) | CP

A group of several hundred Idle No More protesters took to Vancouver's streets this afternoon, calling for better treatment of aboriginal people as they marched from East Vancouver to city hall.

The protest was one of a series staged across the country to coincide with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's meeting with a number of chiefs in Ottawa today.

Organizer Deborah Thomas said the group is seeking to draw attention to several issues, but also for greater clarity from First Nations leaders.

"There's a lot of confusion amongst our own leaders, and as our leaders, we don't need confusion.

"We need to be clear about the issues because they're going to have long term effects and they're going to destroy our aboriginal rights — our inherent rights — in British Columbia."

Organizers continued the protest later in the day at the corner of Burrard and Robson streets, where they blocked rush hour traffic.

Also on HuffPost:

Idle No More: In Photos
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Idle No More protest continues in Vancouver

Idle No More demonstrations set for Vancover - Local News Story ...

Video: Hundreds rally at Vancouver City Hall on Idle No More's #J11 day of action

BC faces of Idle No More

Barbara Yaffe: Idle No More should be a catalyst for action, not a slogan for ...