Aboriginal Canadians plan cross-country ‘shutdown’: ‘The system has failed us all miserably’

National Post

Thousands of aboriginal Canadians and their supporters are planning rallies, protests and blockades across the country Friday in a campaign dubbed “#ShutDownCanada.”

A Facebook page indicates more than 6,700 followers intend to take part, with more than 20 events planned for across Canada, including in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

“The system has failed us all miserably,” reads the Facebook page, which states it is hosted by “In Solidarity with all Land Defenders.” “There is no democracy and we the people have an obligation to demand justice for all.”

The page includes a callout “for communities across Canada to blockade their local railway, port or highway on February 13th. Don’t buy, don’t fly, no work and keep the kids home from school. A diversity of tactics is highly recommended!” Planned blockade locations include Vancouver’s Metro Port and Highway 17 in Espanola, Ont.

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