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Big police presence on Parliament Hill where #Indigenous protestors are trying to get onto the grounds. #Ottawa #Ottnews pic.twitter.com/H8wOZYu6nd — @eskura A group of Indigenous people and supporters headed to Parliament Hill tonight to try and perform a ceremony and erect a teepee, but faced opposition from police.

A large crowd had gathered as part of a four-day Canada Day protest.

A video on social media showed officers removing at least one person from the area. CBC’s Elyse Skura said at least nine people were arrested and detained. Those individuals were later released.

As of 12:30 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, people were still gathered on Parliament Hill. Police have released the nine people they detained. Each was escorted to entrance of #ParliamentHill . #Ottawa #Ottnews pic.twitter.com/G4rgZHONUm — @eskura "We don’t protest. And we don’t occupy."

Kyle Chiblow is one of 9 people issued a notice of trespass, can’t return to the Hill for 6 mths. pic.twitter.com/ixOAEpi3Hw — @eskura Several of the individuals showed CBC’s Elyse Skura a notice of trespass, which means they can’t return to Parliament Hill for six months.

According to CBC’s Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco, "demonstrators were also heard telling police they did not feel they needed a permit for what they considered an First Nations religious ceremony on Parliament Hill."

Organizers say the demonstration marks the first day of a "reoccupation" ceremony to counter Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations.

A statement ahead of the event said the ceremony "aims to simultaneously unsettle the 150th anniversary while asserting place-based relationship on our lands that were never ceded, and to educate the general public on the atrocities that the occupying government continues to inflict on our Nation’s and our Mother."Parliament Hill Canada Day celebrations draw large crowds every year. Here’s a different angle that shows the number of people who came to Parliament Hill […]

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