To date, there have been over 500 protests across Canada and they have all have remained peaceful.
Our number one priority is to maintain the safety of both the demonstrators and community as a whole. We will continue to respect people’s right to protest and freedom of speech. We have rerouted traffic during instances where there has been a temporary delay. Some motorists are naturally frustrated, but please be assured we have worked diligently with organizers from a variety of events related to the movement and continue to deploy resources to ensure we are doing all we can to assist in traffic flow while maintaining community safety.
While there may be minor violations of the Traffic Safety Act, the SPS is keeping a balanced, measured response to prevent any injury from occurring to either the demonstrators, community or police officers. We have seen many Police Services across Canada taking this approach with successful results.
The SPS is appreciative to the four organizers of the Idle No More movement of how it has gone thus far and wish to continue to work towards the peace and cooperation of all those involved.
Police Chief Clive Weighill will answer YOUR questions on our response to the Idle No More movement on Friday from 4 – 5 p.m. on Twitter. Please join us in participating in or following the conversation using the hashtag #askSPS.