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Regina woman teaching values to son through Standing Rock

Jessica Laplante said the camaraderie in the Standing Rock pipeline demonstration camp has left her with an overwhelming feeling of unity and support.

Jessica Laplante has made several trips down to Standing Rock in the last 6 months

Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), near the encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest of the oil pipeline slated to cross the nearby Missouri River, September 4, 2016 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

Jessica Laplante has made the trek to the Standing Rock encampment along the Missouri River near Cannon Ball, North Dakota multiple times. 

On Friday, Laplante and her 8-year-old son made the trip again and joined the thousands of people who have rallied together to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Laplante says it's a learning opportunity for her son.

"I want to teach him that he does have a responsibility to honour his ancestors and to support the cause as well," she said. 

Laplante said the support the water protesters have seen from around the world and support within the camp itself is something he needs to see.

Her son had seen the camp before and wanted to return, she said. 

Jessica Laplante says has an overwhelming feeling of unity and support from the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Facebook)

"It's a community now," she said of the thousands of people camping along the river. 

"If you're walking throughout camp, there's always open invitations [to eat, pray or visit]," Laplante said. 

"It's just this overwhelming feeling of unity and support for one another and everyone helps anyone."

Donations, whether it be salmon or bison, are distributed throughout the camp equally, Laplante added. Demonstrations of support, such as donating traditional food, are a daily occurrence in the camp, she said. 

"Everyone's so quick to provide resources or food or whatever they have, they definitely share," she said of her experiences at Standing Rock. 

People are in it for the long haul, according to Laplante. She has seen structures being built to withstand the snow and North Dakota winter.

"It's a very powerful feeling," Laplante said. 

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