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rights activists continued their “reoccupation ceremony” Thursday night, with the raising of a teepee near the main stage where Canada 150 celebrations will take place on July 1.

One day earlier, police and Parliament Hill security had clashed with the demonstrators when they had insisted on erecting a teepee. Ten people were arrested but later released.

RCMP had allowed a teepee to be erected in the early hours of Thursday morning, just inside Parliament Hill gates near the East Block, but protesters wanted it closer. On Thursday, they re-built the teepee much closer to the stage. A teepee that was erected on Parliament Hill, on Thursday, June 29, 2017. A man stands outside a large teepee erected by indigenous demonstrators to kick off a four-day Canada Day protest in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Indigenous rights activist erected a teepee on Parliament Hill, Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Michel Boyer / CTV News) Police look to block protesters from bringing a teepee on to Parliament Hill on Wed., June 27, 2017. (Mercedes Stephenson) Demonstrator Ashley Courchene, a member of Sagkeeng and vice-president of the Carleton University Students’ Association, said the actions were not a protest but a ceremony to “reoccupy” Parliament Hill.

“This land has never been given up, it’s never been handed over to the Canadian government at all,” he told CTV News Channel on Thursday evening.

“We thought it was necessary to be in a space that was very sacred to the Algonquin people who have lived here for time immemorial,” he added.

Courchene said those present had planned to light “a sacred fire” on Wednesday night but RCMP blocked it. “We’re hoping that tonight we can get that fire up and going and continue on with that […]

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