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First Nation's youth walk to fight Bill C-45

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CLOSE to 30 young people from a First Nation in the Interlake walked to Manitoba's legislature Monday night as part of an Idle No More demonstration.

"They're trying to make sure we protect our lakes," said organizer Michael Kannon. The youth are from Jackhead, now known as Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation.

Between 40 and 50 people, including elders travelling closely behind in vehicles, left their community Friday morning.

The youth are walking to show their disapproval of the federal government's Bill C-45 and to show their solidarity with other First Nations in the effort to protect their treaty rights, Kannon said.

The federal omnibus budget bill includes changes to the Indian Act, the act protecting navigable waters and the Environmental Assessment Act.

On the front steps of the legislature, demonstrators prepared to welcome the young people from the Interlake First Nation.

Kinonjeoshtegon Chief Dave Traverse and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak were expected to address the protesters.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 12, 2013 A6

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