REPORTING · 30th December 2012
It was Sunday, December 30th and the Idle No More Movement was going on in Kitimat. At a suggestion from Burton Amos, those gathered began to march to the centre of town to block a four way intersection and sing their protest songs.
The intersection which they selected was the intersection at the corner of Haisla Boulevard and Lahakas. The Spirit of the Kitlope began to sing their protest song and the dancers danced in the center of the street.
During the protest, the Kitimat RCMP drove up to control the flow of traffic. They tried to get into the circle as well and several Haisla locked arms.
“I think we made our point,” said Amos.
The march took around ten minutes, the intersection was blocked off for about five minutes.
A matter of perception
Comment by Walter McFarlane on 1st January 2013
If it's not entirely true that an RCMP Officer tried to get into the circle, then why do we have a photo of an RCMP officer standing in the circle talking with Amos. Standing behind him, a cluster of participants have linked arms...
The linked arms could be a sign of camaraderie... However:
Three people who were present at the rally and were standing in different parts of the circle confirmed an officer was barred from entering.
Not entirely true
Comment by Anonymous on 31st December 2012
The RCMP definitely did not try and get into the circle. That's a huge exaggeration if I've ever seen one. They spoke with Amos for a minute and were very respectful. Better try reporting the facts next time.