Indigenous people say they’ll be “idle no more,” as a rally is held in downtown Windsor, fighting omnibus bill C-45.
Activist Lorena Shepley says the federal government has already imposed some changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act through this law. One of those changes, cuts the number of protected lakes from 32,000 to just 97.
“Many of these waterways go through reserves,” says Shepley. “They go through our land, but they’ll go through reserves first because a lot of it is starting up north. The indian people are going to get sick — they’ve already started getting sick from some of the stuff going on up there. By the time it gets to the cities, it’s going to be too late.”
About a hundred people gathered outside of Windsor’s city hall to express their frustrations with the federal government, and to ask for the city’s support in their fight.