Crowd gathers in Winnipeg for Standing Rock
Over a hundred people gathered to display solidarity with North Dakota's Standing Rock Reservation
More than one hundred people gathered at the Manitoba Legislature Thursday evening in a show of support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. People from the North Dakota Reservation have been protesting the Dakota Access pipeline since April.
Begg created the event on Facebook following the protest online. She said she was surprised by how many people came out to the rally.
"Quite honestly I really don't know what possessed me to do this. I feel like something bigger is working through me," she said.
Several community leaders spoke to the crowd. Some offered their voices and drums to sing a healing song for the water.
"As an Indigenous person, we all believe that water is a sacred thing, as we are all born from water in the womb," said supporter Erin Egachie, who has been to Standing Rock.
The protest in Standing Rock, led by Indigenous groups from across North America, has gained international attention. There have been more than 200 arrests in confrontations with police, which have escalated in recent weeks.
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People who call themselves "water protectors" have been camping out, blocking the pipeline route since April. They worry the path of the pipeline puts the Reservation's water supply at risk.
Several Manitobans have already made the trip to Standing Rock to take part in the movement. Some are planning on taking supplies with them to help those who remain camped out at the protest site.