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Idle No More organizers have event planned for Wednesday morning

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Idle No More organizers are holding a round dance at Barrie's Georgian College campus on Wednesday.

The First Nation Idle No More International Day of Action will begin at Georgian’s Aboriginal Resource Centre after 10 a.m.

Local organizers are planning an education event that will include a prayer, round dance and song at the centre before moving peacefully along to the Georgian Drive and Duckworth Street intersection.

Both First Nation and non-native people will be taking part in the march that is spreading across Canada as native speakers attempt to speak with the federal government about their concerns for the omnibus bill C-45 and their worries about the antiquated Indian Act.

David Mair, professor emeritus of Georgian College, said he will be attending as an outreach community member of Grace United Church.

“This is an issue that will affect all people in Barrie,” Mair said. “We have to support our First Nations people, but all Canadians have been affected by this bill. It affects fishing regulations and the navigational waters treaties.

“Normally those items would have been sent to committee, but they've been lumped into a budget bill and rammed through. Their (aboriginal) rights and our rights have been trampled on.”

Organizers are working with Barrie police to co-ordinate the closure of the Georgian Drive intersection at 11 a.m., which is expected to last one hour.

Drivers are asked to avoid the intersection and use Cook or Duckworth streets to enter the college campus.

According to Barrie police, demonstration activities may interrupt the normal flow of traffic in the area and officers will be on hand to ensure emergency vehicles will have the necessary access to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).

Motorists can expect delays in the area of Georgian College, Georgian Drive, Duckworth Street, Bell Farm Road, Cundles Road, and access to RVH.

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