Round Dances for Unity
August 16, 2019
Southern Chiefs’ Organization to hold second Unity Dance at U.S.A./Canada border near Buffalo Point First Nation
The Southern Chiefs Organization will hold the second of seven planned round dances on August 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., near the international border at Buffalo Point First Nation in Treaty 3 territory.
The “Unity Dance” series is planned by SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and leadership from communities across Southern Manitoba. The peaceful mobilizing dances are held in response to the encroachment on First Nations’ rights, and blatant disregard for the well-being of our people by provincial and federal governments. Jurisdiction on First Nations communities belongs to First Nations people only.
For too long, the treaties between Canada and the original inhabitants of this land have been broken and disrespected. For too long, our people have been suffering through a lower standard of living on their own lands due to systemic inequities created by the government. In an era of proclaimed “reconciliation”, the discriminatory rules and regulations imposed by the Canadian state that impoverish and damage Indigenous peoples will be challenged, our rights respected and upheld.
Leading up a rushed provincial and a federal election this fall, leadership in SCO communities are raising awareness of our issues to ensure they are priorities in the platforms and plans of potential Canadian elected officials.
The Unity Dance will continue every Friday in different locations leading up to those elections. We encourage all to come out and join us in a peaceful demonstration. Please arrive at 5:15 p.m. or prior if you would like to join and talk more about the purpose of the dance. We will be slowing down traffic to hand out information cards and have been in contact with the RCMP and appropriate officials to ensure a safe event.
For more information please contact Vic Savino, Communications Officer: Vic.Savino@scoinc.mb.ca.