01/11/2013 04:19 EST | Updated 03/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Idle No More Protesters Hit Streets Of Vancouver


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.

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