Idle No More, Cutting the Copper

Chief Beau Dick, his family, and supporters of the Idle No More movement arrived in Victoria today for the Cutting of the Copper Ceremony. The hereditary chief and others had walked much of the length of Vancouver Island. The copper cutting is a symbolic statement directed towards the federal government, one that coastal first nations take very seriously. Not performed since the fifties, the breaking of the familial copper, a symbol of justice, truth, and balance, is considered a challenge, a dire warning.