‘Native Land Rights Now!’

Yesterday I photographed a demonstration at Queen’s Park jointly organized by the Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Rainforest Action Network.

During the protest, activists set out a banner which, from the air, looked like a huge yellow arrow pointing at the legislature. An aerial photograph taken by Jon Schledewitz can be seen (Sept. 22, 2007) on the front page of ran.org.

Looking down the 250 foot long "NATIVE LAND RIGHTS NOW" banner from tip to tail.
Looking down the 250 foot long “NATIVE LAND RIGHTS NOW” banner from tip to tail.

Underneath the Native Land Rights banner.
Underneath the Native Land Rights banner.

Protesters look up at the helicopter hovering above their giant banner.  Hundreds gathered to demand that OntarioProtesters look up at the helicopter hovering above their giant banner. Hundreds gathered to demand that Ontario’s government take immediate action to protect First Nations communities under threat from various industries including logging as well as diamond and uranium mining.

Demonstrators stretch out a banner reading "NATIVE LAND RIGHTS NOW" at Queen
Demonstrators stretch out a banner reading “NATIVE LAND RIGHTS NOW” at Queen’s Park. According to the Rainforest Action Network, the banner was a full 250 feet long.

A "Raging Granny" lays a ribbon at the front of Ontario
A “Raging Granny” lays a ribbon in front of Ontario’s Provincial Legislature. In total, 107 ribbons were laid, each representing one of Ontario’s electoral ridings in the ongoing provincial election campaign.

One Response to “‘Native Land Rights Now!’”

  1. Brant Says:

    These are great shots. Thanks for contributing to such a great day!

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