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Designating space for Indigenous ceremonial use in urban centres
Twice in the last few years indigenous camps have been set up in Regina's Wascana park right across from the legislature. In both cases the provincial government went to court to try and have the camps removed. In the latest case a Queen's Bench Judge refused the application and Tristan Durocher's camp came down when he finished a ceremonial fast to bring attention to the issue of suicide among young indigenous people. It's raised a question about space for Indigenous ceremony and protest on public lands.
We spoke with lawyer Eleanore Sunchild who represented Durocher, Maureen Huot, who started a petition to designate part of Wascana park as Indigenous space, and Xico Maher Lopez, a Nahua Journalist living in Guelph (he recently wrote stories about the land back movement for Briarpatch magazine. We also had lots of really thoughtful callers, including Tristen Durocher himself.