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article imagePhoto Essay: Idle No More at the Toronto's Eaton Centre Special

By KJ Mullins     Dec 30, 2012 in World
Toronto - On Sunday crowds gathered at Toronto's Eaton Centre to show support for the Idle No More movement. The event came from a request from Chief Theresa Spence who has requested all Canadians and Indigenous People worldwide join in solidarity.
Spence has been on a hunger strike since December 11 when requests to speak to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about treaty issues were refused.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
The movement is one of peaceful solidarity and unity. The goal is to bring all peoples of Canada together for social, political and economic change toward Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections. While many believe the movement is just about First Nations issues one of the main concerns is the governments recent budget cuts that reduce protections of Canada's waterways.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
On December 30 at 2:00 p.m. peaceful protests were planned for across Canada. In Toronto that protest in the form of a flash mob took place at Eaton Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in the city.
Hundreds took part in the event. Prior to the start of the protest security at the mall were asked if they were prepared for the event. The guards were short but said that they were ready for the event. They also stated that the event was illegal but there were no plans on stopping it.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
The event remained peaceful as the crowds swelled to the beat of drums and chanting. Circles of supporters danced around the drummers, happy to stand together with others voicing their concerns.
Drmming at the Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Drmming at the Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. Canadians gathered together to support First Nations people.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. Canadians gathered together to support First Nations people.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. drum
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. drum
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. A young girl shows her support to the movement.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre. A young girl shows her support to the movement.
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