Nearly 200 people — both aboriginal and non-aboriginal — joined hands in a giant circle at the Brandon Shoppers Mall on Friday night, in support of the national Idle No More protest.
Sometime after 5:30 p.m. on one of the busiest shopping nights of the year, five aboriginal people began chanting and drumming in the middle of the mall’s food court.
Initially, only about 10 protestors had joined the singers, a few of them holding Idle No More signs. Within a short time, their numbers swelled as men, women and children joined hands and began dancing the food court circle to the beat of the drum.
While security guards watched on the sidelines, several people continued eating the food they purchased and watched the gathering. Several other shoppers began taking pictures and recording the protest with their phones.
After more than an hour of dancing, the circle broke with several cheers and applause from onlookers.
The Brandon gathering was just one of many such peaceful protests that took place in communities all across the country, including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Nova Scotia.
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