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UPDATE: Thousands expected at Idle No More protest in Ottawa on Dec. 21

An Idle No More media release states, “Thousands expected at Ottawa protest on Friday. …At noon on Friday, December 21st, a grassroots led protest is expected to attract thousands of Aboriginal people to a ceremony at Victoria Island, who will then march in solidarity on to Parliament Hill. Idle No More Ottawa will feature voices from many nations and political stripes in a speakers rally that will last until dusk.” For more about the protest, please see this Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/groups/453702748027709/.

The Council of Canadians will be present at this protest and we encourage all of our members and supporters in the Ottawa-area to join in this mobilization. We have also supported Idle No More protests in Edmonton, Toronto and in other communities. For more on that please see http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18409 and http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18427. We have also just made a contribution to support a bus being organized by the Mi’kmaq First Nation to travel from Halifax to Ottawa for the December 21 protest.

It may also be of interest to many that Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawaspiskat First Nation is scheduled to speak at the protest at 2:45 pm. To read our statement of support for her hunger strike, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18436.

On December 19, I will be participating in the Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Chief Spence campaign as a representative of the Council of Canadians. For more on that effort sponsored by the United First Nations of Turtle Island, please see http://www.facebook.com/groups/439262629452516/498142343564544/?ref=notif¬if_t=group_activity#!/events/448271678567106/.

More on this to come.