Sask. request to remove tipi demonstration from legislature postponed to September

REGINA — The government of Saskatchewan will have to wait until Sept. 4 to request a court order for the removal of a man’s tipi from the legislature’s lawn.

Provincial lawyers filed an application to the Court of Queen’s Bench seeking a court order to have Tristen Durocher’s camp forced out of Wascana Park.

The 24-year-old Indigenous man walked more than 600 kilometres to Regina from a community in northern Saskatchewan to call for legislative action to address high suicide rates in the region.

Durocher’s lawyer has until Aug. 20 to present a Notice of Constitutional Question.

Durocher, who is on a tea fast until mid-September, says grieving families have been coming to the site.

Court documents filed by the province say the man doesn’t have a permit and that overnight camping and fires are prohibited in the park.

The documents say Durocher has been made aware of the rules and Regina police won’t enforce them without a court order.

With files from the Canadain Press.

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