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Interview with Colonialism No More - Regina Solidarity Camp
In Regina, following an initial rally on Friday, April 15, members of the community began to organize an occupation camp in front of the INAC office on Albert St., the busiest street in the downtown area. By the following Monday, Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina was formed.
In anticipation of the public demonstration on April 15, the INAC office in Regina closed its doors to the public, and it remained closed for the next 10 business days. The building’s property manager installed a fence that pushed demonstrators onto the sidewalk, but within 24 hours and following strong pressure from the public, the fence was removed. It wasn’t until the second week of the occupation that INAC finally agreed to meet face to face with some of the camp’s organizers and hear their demands, one of which was for INAC to re-open their doors to the public.
Although most occupations elsewhere in Canada have ended, both Winnipeg and Regina are still standing. I spoke to several vital members in Regina about the camp.