Flash mob leaving Toronto to Cayuga courthouse to protest Native arrest
A group of First Nations supporters from Toronto, Hamilton and the Niagara region will head to the Cayuga courthouse near Caledonia, ON, Wednesday to take part in an Idle No More flash mob.
A bus will depart from Keele subway station at 7 a.m. to carry participants to Cayuga, where Theresa “Toad” Jamieson will face charges stemming from a February 2012 incident in which she was arrested after protesting the presence of Gary McHale on First Nations Reclamation Site Kanonhstaton.
McHale, the founder of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, has been a vocal opponent of Native land rights.
“We’re correlating Idle No More and a number of other ongoing issues surrounding Six Nations people that have been going on for hundreds of years,” said Tom Keefer, who is helping to organize the flash mob.
The event is being organized by CUPE 3903, a union representing some York University faculty. The union has been supporting the First Nations community in their struggle for land rights near Caledonia since 2006.
Keefer said the flash mob will aim to highlight some of the challenges faced by the First Nations community.
“It will be a peaceful protest essentially drawing attention to a huge number of issues,” he said. “The (Cayuga) courthouse itself is built on the site of the former Cayuga people’s longhouse and there’s a lot of Colonial history in that area.”
The flash mob is expected to begin at the Cayuga courthouse at 9:15 a.m. and should bring some 60 protesters out to drum, sing and deliver speeches to raise awareness of Indigenous land rights and protest Jamieson’s arrest.