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Students to stage Idle No More gathering at SFU Monday

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – Convocation Mall at SFU will be transformed into an Idle No More focal point Monday.

The SFU event has been spear-headed by First Nations students and teachers.

“You know, I think it’s an exercise in activism and leadership on the part of young aboriginal people attending SFU. As a First Nations person, I’m really proud to see this,” says William Lindsay with SFU’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples, who had a hand in coordinating the day’s events.

“There are lots of young people. They are eager, they’re smart, they’re active, they’re tech-savvy. They are aware of the issues and they are willing to do something about it. That’s what I’m thrilled and excited about.”

While many Canadians believe the Idle No More protests are a thing of the past, for aboriginals the cause never went away.

Lindsay himself led a teach-in with students earlier this year, to answer questions about the movement. He says there is a lot of interest in issues pertaining to the Indian Act and government policy.

Organizer Lindsay Wainwright says her hope is that people who attend the rally will be inspired to take action and learn more.

“We want students to feel their voices can make changes. We want to inspire students to follow their dreams, and speak up for what they believe in,” she says.

The rally will feature speeches by elders and students, as well as native drumming.