04/11/2015 03:06 EDT | Updated 06/13/2015 10:59 EDT

Halifax protesters gather for rally ahead of premiers' summit on climate change

HALIFAX - Demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Halifax on Saturday in an event aimed at drawing attention to environmental issues leading up to the summit of Canadian premiers on climate change.

The Halifax march was one of several organized around the country on Saturday in support of protesters in Quebec City, where provincial and territorial leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

The event in Halifax drew representatives from environmental, labour and aboriginal groups.

Kyla Sankey of Solidarity Halifax, a group participating in the rally, says the demonstrators share a desire to see Canada become less dependent on oil and more active on climate change.

Sankey says Nova Scotians want to see investment in alternative sources of energy including wind, solar and tidal power.