Martin MacMahon | Email news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org
An Idle No More rally brought traffic to a halt at Robson and Burrard Friday evening for about half an hour just past six o'clock in Vancouver.
"We are all here together in peace. Let's help change the world. Something has to change to make us into a great nation. We have to be there for one another,” said Hungry Wolf, who was among the protesters.
The flashmob, featuring traditional music, was a follow up protest down at city hall in the afternoon.
Hundreds gathered for that Idle No More event.
Beating drums and singing traditional songs, first nations activists and their supporters struck a festive tune."We will fight what's coming, and when I say fight, I mean we will rise up and we will resist. All of the oppressions this government is planning on putting us through, we will not stop. We will resist."
Opposition to the Federal Bill C-45, pipeline projects and what protesters say is a general ignorance or indifference to First Nations issues are the central points of the movement.
Participant Theodore Starr said he hopes the movement brings about long-term change and awareness for first nation's issues.
"It's something I can believe in. There's hope at the end of it. There's hope for us First Nations people. I'd like to support it to the end. We're all out here, probably having the same idea. There's hope."
Starr says he feels C-45 should be repealed and more care should be taken for the environment.