A coalition of Indigenous peoples and their allies want to see a planned development on Albert and Chaudière islands cancelled, and the lands turned into greenspace.
The islands, near Chaudière Falls, were a sacred gathering place for generations of Indigenous peoples. They are the former sites of EB Eddy, Booth and Domtar industrial properties.
"And now that industry is gone, we would like to have it as a sacred site once again," said Albert Dumont, an Indigenous elder who's calling for the site to be preserved as public greenspace without the proposed development.
Dumont says the site could be used as greenspace for Indigenous peoples, as well as people of all faiths. He thinks the site, and its view of the Chaudière Falls, would be a tourist attraction.
Last week, city council approved $60 million worth of credits for Windmill Developments, the builder behind the development, as it removes contamination on the site. But because they consider the site sacred, Dumont and others liken that to the city paying to destroy a cathedral.
"Indigenous spirituality is under attack," Dumont told 1310 NEWS. "There's a lot of faith leaders who recognize that and they're not going to stand still for it."
Demonstrators were joined by people from other communities and faith groups in calling on the site to be preserved.
This story has been updated to clarify the location of the proposed development and that it received credits, not grants, from the city.