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Idle No More Toronto Protesters Stage Sit-In In Toronto In Solidarity With Attawapiskat

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TORONTO — A group of activists for aboriginal rights are staging a sit-in at the Toronto offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in solidarity with a remote Ontario First Nation struggling with a suicide crisis.

A live video feed set up by the Idle No More group shows a number of protesters inside the office, some holding up an upside-down Canadian flag.

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An image of one protester inside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office. (Idle No More Toronto/Facebook)

A banner that reads "Attawapiskat First Nation" is also hung on the office wall.

Idle No More, a grassroots movement for indigenous rights, says it is acting in solidarity with Attawapiskat, which declared a state of emergency after seeing 11 suicide attempts this month.

Then on Monday, police helped thwart a suicide pact between 13 young aboriginal people, including a nine-year-old.

There have been several crises in Attawapiskat in recent years, including annual spring flooding, contaminated drinking water and a condemned schoolhouse built on the site of a massive diesel spill.

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