A drum protest was held in Champlain Mall during boxing day opening. Many shoppers stopped and listened to the beating and singing that echoed on the outskirts of retail stores.

"We are tired of the government telling us what to do." said Lorraine Clair of the Elsipogtog First Nations.
"Our sister has gone without food for many days. That s why it's do fitting that we are doing this in front of the food court. The drums don't want to stop."

Chief Theresa Spence is on her 17th day without food. Gene sock is on his ninth day of a hunger strike.
They are protesting against parts of Bill C-45, a budget bill that has changes to environmental protection and Indian land rights. The Bill was passed by the Senate on December 14th, 2012.

Among the amendments are reduced protections for waterways under the Navigable Waters Act and Indian Act and a private members bill that seeks to amend and ultimately repeal the Indian Act.

First Nations across the country are calling the bill a direct attack on aboriginal rights.

In Dieppe, Martin Poirier, Community College News.

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