Dozens of indigenous protesters erected a large teepee in front of Parliament Hill’s to protest against Canada’s 150th birthday party.
The demonstration was part of what was described as a “reoccupation” ceremony to counter Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Between 50 and 60 protesters stood their ground, even after several were detained by RCMP. Police later said none of the protesters would be arrested.
Ottawa police Duty Insp. John Medeiros said the protest started at the Human Rights monument around 6 p.m. Wednesday. He said once the group got the teepee polls at the monument, they came to Parliament Hill to erect it.
After initially being prevented from erecting the teepee by police, it went up in the early hours of Thursday morning.
It's going up. pic.twitter.com/6tRr3bXGSP
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