First Nations Round Dance planned for Sask-Manitoba border
Traffic will be disrupted intermittently between 5:30 and 7:30 pm Friday, September 13
September 12, 2019 10:37 am
Traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway will be affected by a Round Dance planned for the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border Friday evening.
On Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is organizing the sixth out of seven Unity Dances, delaying traffic on the Trans-Canada #1 Highway along the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
Traffic will not come to an absolute standstill, but will be directed through in brief, fifteen-minute intervals while volunteers hand out information cards.
This will be the sixth planned round dance by the Southern Chiefs Organization. A series of round dances was held leading up to the Manitoba provincial election to bring attention to issues faced by First Nations in Manitoba. With the provincial election completed but a federal election under way, the Chiefs decided to hold an additional round dance.
According to the Southern Chiefs Organization, "This will be the sixth planned round dance leading up to the MB provincial elections on September 10, 2019 However, the following two round dances are held post-election. As the Trans-Canada #1 is a very busy roadway, SCO expects this to be one of the busiest locations that were chosen. An additional round dance has also been held in Winnipeg at the intersection of Portage and Main, for those unable to drive out the border crossing round dances."
The RCMP has been consulted as the plans have been made for each of the Round Dances, and the RCMP note that "there have been no issues thus far at any of them, other than the temporary disruption of traffic."