Thousands of First Nations 'Idle No More' protesters demand meeting

Thousands marched on Parliament Hill Friday Dec 21, 2012 in Ottawa, ON to demand a meeting with...

Thousands marched on Parliament Hill Friday Dec 21, 2012 in Ottawa, ON to demand a meeting with Prime Minister Harper. Idle No More is said to be just the start of First Nations action against unilateral legislative changes and other so called human rights abuses in First Nation communities. ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

OTTAWA — More than 2,000 aboriginal protesters took a “dire” call for change to the nation’s capital on Friday in a bid to pressure the government to meet and discuss treaty rights and “crises” plaguing First Nations communities.

The demonstrators, who were taking part in a growing grassroots First Nations movement called “Idle No More,” met at Ottawa’s Victoria Island on Friday before marching to Parliament Hill.

The march, which remained peaceful, shut down a major downtown Ottawa street. The RCMP was hand to close the road and direct traffic.


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