The group was met with honks of support from several passing drivers. Zimmer is currently in Ottawa, but his employees were there to receive letters from residents demanding that the federal government's omnibus budget legislation Bill C-45 be stopped until proper consultation and consent is achieved.
Among the group's issues with the bill, are that it removes protection from the majority of lakes and rivers in the country, and it fast-tracks the process to surrender reserve lands.
"We're just looking for our rights to be recognized, for our people and our leaders to be included in decisions that are affecting them," explains one of the local Idle No More organizers Helen Knott. "We're not going to stay silent and this isn't going to happen anymore."
In addition to protesting the policies of the Conservative government, Knott believes there needs to be better consultation and discussion with First Nations leaders.
"Hopefully also creating understanding between non-First Nations and First Nations because that's what I'm looking for for future generations is a mutual respect and understanding."
The rally in Fort St. John coincided with a larger, national one in Ottawa this afternoon. More than 1,000 protesters marched through the streets of the capital after meeting with Theresa Spence, the chief of northern Ontario's troubled Attawapiskat First Nation, who is on a hunger strike.
Photos from the rally are below:
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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.