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Photo Essay: Occupy Toronto, October 22, 2011

by Mike Barber

Members of the women's hand drumming group from the Native Canadian Centre—Marcha, Maria and Sue—take their place at the front of the march.
One protester's demand is for Canadian mining companies to end their exploitation, displacement and killing of indigenous and campesinos in Columbia.
Arabic reads: "O brothers and sisters of the world, we are with you in solidarity" (thanks to an anonymous comrade for the translation)
This protester clearly knows what our governments' fiscal priorities are.
Three (or six) words that pretty much sums things up.
A reminder that we occupy Native land.
Native flag bearers take point in the procession. Here two Kanienkah flags flank the American Indian Movement flag.
Rick MacRae (Mohawk) is first up on the speaker's list at the rally in front of Toronto's City Hall.
Thousands of protesters fill Nathan Philips Square.

At two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, October 22, 2011—one week after the inaugural march and "occupation" of St. James Park—thousands gathered at the camp at King Street E and Jarvis in downtown Toronto for a march to City Hall.

Of course, Toronto is already occupied land and is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

 

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