Idle No More supporters round dance in Saskatoon mall

Idle No More supporters in Saskatoon chose one of the busiest shopping days of the year to hold a round dance in the city's Midtown Plaza. Participants said they aimed to raise consumer awarness about environmental degradation.

About 100 people danced and sang at Midtown Plaza saturday

Nancy Greyeyes brought a drum in her purse and started playing it and singing along at Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza on Saturday to begin an Idle No More flash round dance.

It was one of 9 Idle No More flash mobs held across the country Saturday.

Around 100 people joined in, held hands, and moved in a circle in front of the Sears store in the mall during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

We have to work together and live together on this planet. We have to look after it,- Carla Braidek

Greyeyes says Idle No More supporters aimed to get consumers' attention.

"Obviously, the corporations don't want us doing anything about the destruction that they are causing and they they are a part of," Greyeyes told CBC News. "Essentially, we are all a part of [it], until we leave the materialistic lifestyles behind."

Parkade entrances were blocked by orange, plastic dividers on the south end of the mall for the 40-minute duration of the round dance.

Greyeyes was one of a few Idle No More supporters who made it into the busy mall with an instrument. Many of the round dance's participants told CBC News that some who arrived carrying drums were turned away by security guards.

Carla Braidek participated in Saturday's round dance. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)

Carla Braidek came in from out of town to be a part of the round dance. She believes it is important for all people—including non-First Nations people— to join the movement.

"I think it is great that they finally started speaking out about a whole bunch of injustices that have been done to native people for a long time," said Braidek. "We are all treaty people and we have to work together and live together on this planet. We have to look after it."

Idle No More supporters at the round dance say they are planning similar events in Saskatoon in the future.