FREDERICTON, N.B.  – Close to 100 people staged a noisy demonstration outside the New Brunswick legislature today to voice their opposition to the federal government’s omnibus budget legislation.

Members of the St. Mary’s First Nation sang and banged drums on the front steps of the house.

Spokeswoman Angela Acquin says the legislation will take away rights of First Nations people.

She says the demonstration is their way to show support for the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence of northern Ontario’s Attawapiskat First Nation.

Spence stopped eating a week ago in an effort to get the government to show more respect for aboriginal treaties.

Two of the Fredericton demonstrators attempted to get into the public gallery of the legislature but were told to leave.