Teepees outside Calgary courthouse are more than a protest — they’re a healing space – CBC

Camp Mohkinstsis could relocate to become a permanent fixture in Calgary, says organizer

Apr 30, 2018

For nine weeks the small white tent outside of Calgary’s courthouse has resisted heavy snow, with a brief respite of warm spring sun, followed by pouring rain and gusting winds.

But for Garret Smith and the other residents of Camp Mohkinstsis — Blackfoot for the Elbow River — it’s also been nine weeks filled with songs, smudging, round dances and deep conversations.

Smith, 33, set up camp outside the courthouse in late February as an act of protest, hoping to bring attention to inequalities within the justice system following two high-profile acquittals of men accused in the deaths of two young Indigenous people.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-courthouse-protest-1.4641125

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