Indigenous groups organized a round dance in front of the Manitoba legislature Thursday, to celebrate news of Brian Pallister stepping down from office. 

Event was organized by Indigenous leaders, who had difficult relationship with premier

Dozens of people took part in a round dance outside the Manitoba legislature Thursday that was organized to celebrate Brian Pallister’s impending departure from the premier’s office.

Pallister announced Tuesday he will step down as Manitoba’s premier, though when is yet to be determined, after weeks of speculation about his political future after his widely condemned comments about Canada’s history and colonization.

Thursday’s round dance was organized by Indigenous leaders, who had had a difficult relationship with the outgoing premier. A round dance is typically a celebratory ceremony in Indigenous culture. 

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization said the round dance marked what many feel is a positive step for Manitoba. 

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