About 1,000 First Nations protest on Parliament Hill

A First Nations protester holds a flag during the

A First Nations protester holds a flag during the "National Day of Resistance" protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

OTTAWA – About 1,000 First Nations protesters rallied on Parliament Hill Wednesday calling for more money and less government oversight of their education systems, a full inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, and for the feds to back off their tobacco production.

Hundreds wore T-shirts with images of missing and murdered women, others carried signs that read “kill the bill” in what amounted to a relatively muted protest on a sunny day.

In addition to the protest, a meeting of the Confederacy of Nations also took place Wednesday afternoon, its first since 2004.

On the agenda was the government’s proposed Bill C-33, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, specifically where the Confederacy stands on the legislation.

Organizers said the options ranged from rejecting the bill outright to devising amendments to the bill.


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