Sit-in at Auditorium cafe in North Battleford


Servers at the Auditorium were told to refuse service to any Indigenous individuals that entered into the cafe. Two Indigenous men and three women from the Mistawasis reserve preceded to have a sit-in and refused to leave without an explanation as to why they were refused service. Eventually one of the employees admitted that they were not allowed to serve Indigenous peoples at the restaurant under the direction of the owner. Under Saskatchewan's antidiscrimination laws, the Auditorium was convicted and fined twenty-five dollars; a modern-day equivalent of 218 dollars. This demonstrates how racism and intolerance were intertwined within the settler mindset, and how it was common practice to refuse service to Indigenous peoples that was also reflected by the government.