Saskatchewan

Protest camp at Sask. legislature grows to 5 teepees

According to their Facebook, the camp is expecting more teepees to arrive in the coming days.

According to their Facebook, the camp is expecting more teepees to arrive in the coming days

A view of the camp on June 25, 2018. (Kevin O'Connor/CBC News)

With Canada Day approaching, the Justice for our Stolen Children camp still stands.

The number of teepees at the camp is growing by the day. It's currently at five and the camp's Facebook said there's more on the way.

Ken Cheveldayoff, minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, reiterated that the protestors are breaking the law by camping overnight in the park, but did not give a timeline for when the camp could be taken down again. Cheveldayoff deferred to Regina police on the matter. 

Cheveldayoff said it's up to the Regina police to uphold the law. (Mike Zartler/CBC News)

"I'll be working with my cabinet colleagues to ensure that the dialogue continues," he said.  

When last asked about the camp, Regina police did not say if there was a plan for the camp but said they were participating in dialogue with all parties.

Robyn Pitawanakwat said the camp will remain for as long as it's needed. (Mike Zartler/CBC News)

The campers' messaging remains broad. Rather than asking for specific policy changes, campers bring up issues such as foster care, gangs and the justice system. 

Robyn Pitawanakwat, a supporter of the camp, said she doesn't think these issues are an easy fix and that they plan to stay for "as long as [they're] needed here."

"I don't think asking for equity is ever asking for too much. We just don't want to be treated as subhuman, which is how Indigenous people have been treated since this government formed." 

Pitawanakwat also said that, should the camp get taken down again, the campers will work to form a consensus about what to do next.

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