In pictures: A history of squatting protests across Canada

B.C. interior, 1995: A native leader who identifies himself only as Wolverine, walks past masked guards at rebel camp on a private ranch they claim is theirs. Chuck Stoody/The Canadian Press
Montreal, 2001: Squatters plant a tomato plant outside a building that they've occupied on Overdale St. in Montreal . John Mahoney/The Canadian Press
Ottawa, 2002: Former squatters play hacki-sack while Ottawa police officers stand guard outside an abandoned building after raiding it earlier. Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press
Toronto, 2002: A homeless person carrying her cat is evicted from her dwelling in the shanty town on Toronto's waterfront on Tuesday Sept. 24, 2002. Home Depot, the company that owns the land, wanted the squatters off their land. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press
Vancouver, 2002: iew of the now vacant Woodward's Department Store building on the corner of Hastings and Abbot streets on the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Chuck Stoody/The Canadian Press
Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, a member of the Downtown Eastide Association, joins protesters outside an abandoned hotel taken over by six squatters. Chuck Stoody/The Canadian Press
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Kitcisakik, 2009: A sign welcomes travellers to the Algonquin Anicinape community of Kitcisakik in Quebec, Canada, July 18, 2009. The First Nations living in Kitcisakik, a small Algonquin Anicinape community, don't have an official statue and are considered squatters by the crown. Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press
Montreal, 2013: Several dozen squatters have taken over a vacant lot in St. Henri to protest how gentrification and condo development are affecting the local community. Domenic Fazioli/Global News

Squatting essentially means to occupy abandoned land or property without lawful permission. It’s a form of protest that has been used in Canada and around the world to raise awareness about land issues.

Take a look at a few examples of Canadian squatting protests over the years.


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