She says it was a joke. But a growing number of people have been left humourless after the Premier’s most recent tweet. It takes a pointed jab at people mad about the $150,000 “Om the Bridge” event she announced to much fanfare earlier this week.
The tweet says “Hey Yoga Haters – bet you can’t wait for international Tai Chi day” with a picture of Christy Clark smiling in front of a Tai Chi studio.
Many people protesting the International Yoga Day event say it is a waste of taxpayer money, and promotes corporations who donate to the Liberal Party – including Lululemon.
Others are questioning the Premier’s decision to focus so much money and attention on an event that has nothing to do with Canada’s own National Aboriginal Day, which is also celebrated on June 21st.
Protest being organized by National Aboriginal Day supporters
“For us to have a day to ourselves is huge, but to ignore that day, despite knowing what our experiences are is very insulting.”
Kat Norris is a prominent Coast-Salish activist who says she plans to demonstrate against the event on the Burrard Street Bridge.
“As indigenous people to this continent…all we’ve ever asked for is recognition of our history, and the experience that we’ve had. The impacts of the residential schools, of which I’m a survivor, as well as I’m also an inter-generational survivor because my mom went to the schools.”
Norris is also disappointed the provincial government is spending $150,000 tax dollars on the event promoting International Yoga Day.
“Some are gathering to protest, but most are gathering just to pay homage to National Aboriginal Day which is virtually ignored.”
Kat Norris says at least 500 people are expected to demonstrate against Premier Christy Clark at the Om The Bridge event June 21st.
“To officially promote this event over Aboriginal Day is an insult to our people.”