Sunday, December 30, 2012

Idle No More

Right now theres an International movement among Native peoples happening called, "Idle No More" .

This idea started as a movement to protest Canadian legislation - Bill C 45, that would take away land & water rights of the First Nations people of Canada.

Since then this movement began, it has spawned many Round Dance Flashmobs demonstrations in the malls of Canada, United States and in different countries all over the world.

Chief Theresa Spence also began a personal fasting protest demanding a meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Crown, and National Canadian legislators to begin dialogue with the First Nations over these issues. She is camped out across the river from the Canadian parliament and so far her requests have fallen on deaf ears.  As of late, Chief Theresa is into her 20th day of fasting and is getting weaker.

Doesn't Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada hear us?

What the people in the world have soon to realize is that again, these issues don't just affect us, they affect everyone.

"Idle No More began with four ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects our First Nations people but the rest of Canada's citizens, lands and waters.  The focus is on grassroots voices, treaty and sovereignty, it began in the early part of October when discussing Bill C 45.  All 4 women knew that this was a time to act, as this bill and other proposed legislation would affect not only Indigenous people but also the lands, water and the rest of Canada.
With the focus on the most urgent bill knowing it would initiate attention to all other legislation, the 4 ladies held rallies and teach-ins to generate discussion and provide information. They then decided a nation wide event was garnered so all could participate, thus, The National Day of Solidarity & Resurgence was called for December 10th, 2012, to oppose all legislation and to build solidarity while asserting inherent rights and nationhood while protecting our lands for all people.

These colonial forms of legislation that the government expects to unilaterally impose on us has brought us together, to stand together" -
Jessica Gordon 

                                       Chief Theresa Spence

1 comment:

  1. When does Chief Spense give an accounting of the $90 million given to her community? And what has happened to the money and why hasn't it improved anyone's life.