LAUREN PARSONS/BRANDON SUN
A group of aboriginal men chant and drum in the middle of the Shoppers Mall food court on Friday evening during an event that coincided with Idle No More protests across Canada.
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.
Men, women and children form a circle around the food court at Shoppers Mall on Friday evening in support of the national Idle No More protest. (LAUREN PARSONS/BRANDON SUN)
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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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 22, 2012