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Banner-waving, drum-pounding First Nations protesters and supporters blocked bridges, slowed transport trucks and stalled rail traffic across the country Wednesday as the Idle No More movement flexed its muscles in a public show of solidarity.
Amid pleas from aboriginal leaders for civility on both sides, peaceful protest appeared to be the order of the day, but motives varied. Some groups spoke of their own land claims, others decried the federal government’s changes to environmental oversight. Still more spoke of the need to honour all First Nations treaties.
In a message on their Facebook page, Idle No More organizers said their goal was to resist government policies in a peaceful and respectful way.
“It can be done,” the post said. “It can be done without aggression or violence. This is an energetic, exciting and transformative time.”
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