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'National Day of Action' brings two protest groups together

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – About 100 protesters gathered in Vancouver this afternoon as part of the national Idle No More protests.

The Enbridge Pipeline Hearings that are currently happening in downtown Vancouver provided and opportunity for the two groups to uniteIt was a peaceful but lively protest outside the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

Today is ‘National Day of Action’, and organizer Frank Brown, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, explained the two groups believe in fighting to protect traditional waters from tanker traffic.

Meanwhile, about 200 First Nations protesters took part in a 45-minute blockade of the Pat Bay Highway north of Victoria today as part of the Idle No More movement.

Members of the Tsawout band chanted slogans like “Honour the Douglas Treaty” and “All Canadians should be concerned.”

A group calling itself the “Gitxsan Warriors” is also blocking the CN Rail line through Kitwanga, in northwest BC today.

“We’re here to tell these people at the joint review panel, that the Coastal First Nations aren’t going to stand idly by, when they attempt to ram these things through.”

He says BC First Nations don’t want handouts from oil companies and they’ll do whatever it takes to protect the land for future generations.

Brown says the movement in BC is largely aimed at oil pipelines. “As far as we’re concerned that tanker traffic isn’t going to go through our traditional waters.”

All over the country today aboriginals and their supporters have blocked bridges and slowed traffic on highways banging drums and holding signs.

They’re fighting Ottawa’s Bill C-45 which they believe will demolish aboriginal rights.