SCO “Unity Dance” to hit Emerson Border Crossing Friday, August 30, 2019
ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB, August 26, 2019 — The fourth Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Unity Dance will begin at the Emerson-Pembina U.S. border crossing, on Provincial Trunk Highway 75, August 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm for two hours.
Thus far, SCO has held Unity Dances on the Trans-Canada #1 Highway MB-ON border, as well as the Buffalo Point-Warroad and Piney-Pine Creek U.S. crossings. Plans are to move across the Southern border until reaching Saskatchewan until after 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.
About Southern Chiefs’ Organization
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations of Manitoba in agreement to establish an independent political forum to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.
For more information please contact Vic Savino, Communications Officer: Vic.Savino@scoinc.mb.ca.