2 Idle No More protests in Calgary
Demonstrators gather for speeches, singing and dancing
More than 100 people gathered at two Idle No More protests in Calgary on Friday afternoon.
Most of those demonstrators met at the University of Calgary's MacEwan hall for speeches and joined hands for a round dance.
"All of Canada needs to be involved because it affects your children and future generations," said Hal Eagletail of the diverse crowd that gathered at the university to show support.
A smaller group of about two dozen people also gathered outside of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's constituency office in southwest Calgary.
Idle No More protests were held across the country as national aboriginal leaders met on Friday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Some leaders chose not to attend, but three chiefs from Alberta did make the trip to Ottawa to take part.
Calgary organizer Autumn Eaglespeaker said it was important to have regional representation at the meeting because she doesn't trust the Assembly of First Nations to represent local concerns.
"Regardless of whether it’s not necessarily on our terms, at least they'll be at the table to say this is what we want and what we're going to negotiate for," said Eaglespeaker.
Some aboriginal leaders chose not to participate in today's meeting with the Prime Minister because Governor General David Johnston was not taking part.