Several people arrested by Regina police on Monday at the “Justice for our Stolen Children” camp have been released without charges.
The move came as authorities dismantled the tipi in the park on Monday evening.
The camp’s sacred fire went out just after 7 p.m. Officials then took down the camp’s tipi, which was the last structure at the protest.
The rest of the camp was dismantled by police and government officials on Friday morning. Police said they would give campers 48 hours after the dismantling of the camp to extinguish their sacred fire and remove their tipi, but demonstrators decided on Sunday not to leave the scene.
“The agreement was made that the tipi would come down, and that was agreed upon by the campers, and today unfortunately that camp wasn’t taken down, so we’re here to assist with that.” Supt. Darcy Koch told the media.
The camp was erected 111 days ago in response to the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, and the acquittal of Raymond Cormier in the death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine.
Members of the camp have said that they want to talk to government officials about their concerns. So far the two groups have not been able to come together for such a meeting.
Minister of Justice Don Morgan said the government expected the tipi to be removed on Sunday and that the park isn’t intended for overnight camping. Morgan said he wasn’t able to comment on the timing of the arrests, since it would be up to police to take those actions.
Morgan added that he didn’t want it to be a setback in the government’s relationship with First Nations in Saskatchewan. He said he will be reaching out to FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in the coming days, and has plans to travel to Red Pheasant First Nation.
According to Morgan, the government is still willing to meet with protestors about the issues raised at the camp.
“You don’t need to have a tent up in Wascana to have a meeting and reach out to government,” Morgan said.
Morgan said he wants to reach out to the campers in the coming days, but will wait until emotions aren’t as high.