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Solidarity: from Occupy Toronto to Attawapiskat

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Over the next 10 days, rabble.ca will be following the journey of an Occupy Toronto yurt being shipped to Attawapiskat along with a truckload of supplies. Look for daily blog updates from OPSEU's Laurie Miller as she joins the three plus day drive by ice road to deliver supplies, offer training and help in yurt assembly, as well as solidarity. This is a project of Design Points North, with the support of OPSEU.

Day 9: Attawapiskat's yurt

| February 14, 2012
Mongolian yurt in Attawapiskat

With our time in Attawapiskat drawing to a close, the yurt is assembled! It is time to unpack the rest of the sewing supplies and games, and welcome in the community... In short, it was time for a party!

A permanent source of heat still needs to be set up in the yurt. In the meantime, the fabric, sewing items, and art supplies are stored off-site until there is permanent heat set up.

We had a lot of help from youth, moving all the supplies into this temporary room.

While the sewing supplies aren't yet in the yurt, it didn't stop us from starting the party with some fun with fabric!

Games and other supplies were moved to the yurt in the meantime. And it was time to start the party.

Chief Theresa Spence checks out the Legos.

Above: Danice, Dawn, and Leanne waiting for the party to start.

The games and Legos were a hit. Over 40 people showed up to check out the yurt. Tea and cookies were served.