SCO “Unity Dance” hits U.S. and Interprovincial Borders
ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB, August 20, 2019 — The third Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Unity Dance will be held at the Piney-Pine Creek U.S.-Canadian border crossing, on Provincial Trunk Highway 89, August 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm for two hours.
Thus far, SCO has held Unity Dances on the Trans-Canada #1 Highway MB-ON border and the Buffalo Point-Warroad U.S. crossing. Plans are to move across the Southern border until reaching Saskatchewan, and until elections begin.
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.
Leading up to a rushed provincial and federal election this fall, members of 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 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.