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Idle No More: How An Indigenous Protest Movement Erupted in Canada and Spread to the World


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Cal
- 613 days ago - alternet.org
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what's coming next



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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:19 pm
More power to them TY Cal
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:27 pm
GREAT! thanks...
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:27 pm
These politicians have no respect ...
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:31 pm
Good on Idle No More!
 

John S. (303)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:21 am
Noted.
 

Ann Fox (5)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:18 pm
Idle No More = Harper No More...The Conservative Government of Stephen Harper is selling off the natural resources of Canada that belong to ALL Canadians to the highest bidders. Corporations mean more to Harper than his own people. He does not care for the environment...Alberta is turning into one big black hole & giant feedlot for the slaughtering of companion horses for their meat for export. The Conservatives support horse slaughter, Corporate greed & do NOT care about the environment especially if there is big money to be made!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:57 pm
Good to read Cal. Thanks.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:08 pm
I've been reading articles about the hunger strike...and was so glad to see the Idle No More movement born. Finally, they have Harper's attention and a meeting. Looking forward to hearing good news for this movement, but not terribly optimistic considering the way they've been treated. Seems like nearly all world leaders are on the same page....austerity; protect the wealthy and corporations; ignore the majority. What will it take for them to finally be motivated to action in favor of the people?!
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:27 pm
noted
 

Dale O. (193)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:11 pm
Fascinating and inspiring!
 

Winn Adams (192)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:34 pm
Thanks
 

rene davis (74)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:04 pm
Thanks
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:48 pm
There must be justice for First Nations people, Idle No More is a good step. PM Harper met today with First Nations leaders including Shawn Atleo, Grand Chief. but this is just the beginning. Harper and his harlots included in their omnibus bill C-45, measures that would weaken First Nations rights and environmental protections without even talking to First Nations representatives. Harper is all about changing Canada to his vision, changing it by stealth without consultation. He cannot be trusted.

The time for Idle No More has come. A time for justice is long past due.
 

Karen R. (87)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:02 am
thanks
 

Carol D. (109)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:52 am
Good on them Canada should realise they were not the first people on this land and should not be allowed to destroy just what they want
signed
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:36 pm
So very proud of , Idle no more, !!!!
 

louise Woychesko (1)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:03 pm
YAY! FULL SUPPORT FROM THIS CANADIAN!
 

Deborah W. (6)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:39 pm
With a defined Mission Statement and dedicated/motivated protesters this movement, if it remains free of the trash that infiltrated the OWS movement,could increase in numbers and advance to the desired results.

Will Kappo and Lee remain in oversight status for coordination, information gathering and distribution of same, etc.?
 

Graca T. (47)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:47 pm
Let them be heard & counted! Power to the People!!!
 

Aaron Bouchard (130)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:12 pm
Noted thanks
 

Shan D. (49)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:33 pm
It's ironic how the First Nations end up being the best allies the left-wing non-indigenous Canadians have in keeping our country free of the corporate crap the right-wing politicians have wanted to foist on us. As far back as Meech Lake in 1993, it was Elijah Harper who blocked that simply by sticking to his principles in the Manitoba Legislature and saying "No" when unanimous consent was required to introduce the legislation.

While I don't have a lot of respect for Theresa Spence (honestly, it *is* suspicious that she's so unwilling to produce a verifiable paper trail of expenditures to prove where the money went) - and the so-called "hunger strike" isn't really one - there are some individuals in the First Nations assembly who are straightforward and willing to work together. They don't ALL blame ALL "white" Canadians for everything that happened back to 1497 - present.

As for the blockades... it's like all the others. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. And it's a strategy that can backfire very quickly, as soon as somebody dies because an ambulance couldn't get through the blockade or there's a rail accident.
 

Julie F. (65)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 8:43 pm
noted
 

Julie F. (65)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 8:44 pm
Go Canada
 

Shan D. (49)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:07 am
^ Look, I know the First Nations and others have been mistreated. I've met people who are reaping the fallout of the residential school system, Hobbema is not so far from where I live in Alberta - some of the people there do manage to make perfectly good lives for themselves. But others never make it out of the cycle of violence, drugs, gangs, prostitution, and so on. And one of the Hobbema women I met at Red Deer College told me that she honestly wished that 100% of Europeans had been killed during the Black Death. Well, THAT was really nice! (not) - I guess THEY have problems understanding that although many non-natives treated them like shit over the centuries, not ALL did. And dammit, I had a real crisis of conscience when I voted on the Charlottetown referendum in the '90s... I really wanted to vote 'Yes' because of the provisions for native self-government. But I couldn't because of a couple of other provisions. And as stated, I consider Elijah Harper a hero for sticking to his principles during the Meech Lake debacle.

However... this doesn't excuse Theresa Spence's shifty attitude toward Attawapiskat. Yes, it's tragic that ordinary people there get stuck in the middle of nowhere with such abominable housing and social conditions. But Spence herself seems to be doing just fine. And it doesn't seem to matter how many concessions she bullies out of others, it's never enough. There's always something else. So while I have sympathy for the majority of the native people, I do NOT appreciate being accused of being one of the perpetrators of the injustice (my own ancestors are relative latecomers to Canada - early 20th century, from Sweden), and I do NOT appreciate the constant rule-changing on Spence's part. And I lost patience with those blockades a LONG time ago.

BTW, I also hate Stephen Harper. So do not presume to even hint that I'm on his side or a fake-Conservatives supporter.
 

Ann Fox (5)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 11:48 am
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2013/01/11/NFB-Attawapiskat-Documentary/ The documentary is a must see ...tells it like it really is..exposes many of the media's lies...free to watch until Jan 18.....share & twitter it everywhere...I had to fight back tears!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:51 am
Thanks
 
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