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Bryan Hayes will be going back to school (6 photos)

Thursday, December 20, 2012   by: Carol Martin

Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes is going back to school.

He'll be enrolling in Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig' Native Studies program, said the centre's President Darrell Boissoneau during a rally outside Hayes' office on Queen Street Wednesday afternoon.

Queen Street was closed between Elgin and Bruce Streets while members of the Idle No More Bawating movement waited outside Sault MP Bryan Hayes office for their leaders to emerge and tell them what happened.

The peaceful protest was organized to educate people, especially First Nations people, about the multitude of legislation being put forward by the Harper government to undermine the authority of the treaties.

Organizers of Idle No More say legislation like Bill - C45, passed on Friday, December 14, are in direct violation of Articles in the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

When Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig President Darrell Boissoneau emerged form Hayes office at 369 Queen Street and took the microphone in his hand, the protestors fell silent and waited for him to speak.

"We had a long meeting with Mr. Hayes," said Boissoneau. "He listened, he was respectful, he was open to the questions being asked and, over-all, it was a very good meeting."

Boissoneau also praised the youth who attended the meeting from local Anishinaabe communities to bring forth their concerns and questions.

"As a result, Mr. Hayes has agreed and committed to a number of things - four in particular," he said.

The first was to set up a table that would facilitate dialogue with Anishinaabe youth.

The second was to enroll in Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and take Native Studies there.

News of this commitment from Hayes was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd of protesters gathered on the street.

The third was to respond to each an every item students from the centre put in a letter raising their concerns to MP Hayes.

Boissoneau also told the protesters that Hayes has agreed to contact the Prime Minister and intervene on behalf of Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is on day 10 of a hunger strike.

She wants the Prime Minister to meet with her and discuss the ramifications of Bill C-45 as well as other legislation that she says will severely and negatively effect all Anishinaabe living in Canada.

Hayes, said Boissoneau, will be asking the Prime Minister to meet with Spence and open this dialogue with her.

This news was also met with cheers and applause.

"As a result of all of you being here today our voice has been heard," said Boissoneau. "Actions will be taken but that does not mean we can stop. We must continue to make our voices heard."

Photos submitted by Joe Corbiere

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JediMindTrick 12/20/2012 8:33:25 AM Report

That photo made my day.
scottstewy123 12/20/2012 9:01:52 AM Report

Well I have to say that was a Classy move Mr Hayes. Unlike your provincial counter part who hid when protesters picketed his office. Right Mr O? At least Mr Hayes allowed one of the leaders of the protesters to come and talk with him. Did Mr O allow any to come and talk with him? 2 thumbs up Mr Hayes.Proof our Federal representive does listen to us. CLASSY MOVE Mr Hayes.I know it just burns the left that he listened and even committed to objectives that would cause him to be more understanding to issues of a segment of society. He did not ignore the people To some on the left this really burnt them. GOOD ON YOU MR HAYES
James O'Brien 12/20/2012 11:42:09 AM Report

Just how is Hayes going to enroll in a program and actually attend classes when he spends time in Ottawa doing his parliamentary work?

Typical politician's BS. Or maybe he'll wait until he's no longer in office.

An empty gesture.
Tom_Bom 12/20/2012 3:02:01 PM Report

I hope he does follow through with the school portion at least. Maybe then he'll become familiar with the history of the people Harpers government is oppressing.
KFM 12/20/2012 3:53:56 PM Report

Wow then Brian can do interviews in 2 languages and talk for an hour and say nothing in both languages, what a revilation! He is much better than his provincial counterpart and double talk. David just doesn't tell the truth.
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