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Idle No More raises some noise at Colonial Building

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Idle No More supporters formed a circle in front of Colonial Building during a demonstration on Sunday.
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Idle No More supporters formed a circle in front of Colonial Building during a demonstration on Sunday. …

Demonstrators supporting the Idle No More movement brought drums and cheers to Colonial Building in St. John's on Sunday.

The protesters want more public attention brought to bear on Bill C-45, an omnibus bill that supporters of the Idle No More movement say threatens aboriginal communities in several ways.

In particular, demonstrators say the bill attacks the rights of First Nations.

"[The protest] was in solidarity with other events happening all around the island, one in Corner Brook, one in St. George's and one in Labrador," said demonstrator Jenelle Duval.

"We just wanted to come out to educate people about the Idle No More movement and what it represented," she said.

Speakers at Sunday’s event included Lana Payne, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.

Sunday afternoon's demonstration also preceded a national day of action that will include a protest at Parliament Hill, as MPs return to the Commons after a six-week break.

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