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January 1, 2013

the idle No More movement


1,300-Person Idle No More Flash Mob in Seattle -


“We have to look out for our own – what happens in Canada happens here, and what happens here happens in Canada.”  Clyde Bellecourt

Idle No More  is a peaceful First Nations protest movement started by four Saskatchewan women over the Tories’ latest omnibus budget bill, C-45. The women are fed up with the erosion of First Nations rights and insist that Canada renew and maintain its treaty agreements and guarantees.

Idle No More's most visible spokeswoman is Theresa Spence, chief of Ontario's Attawapiskat First Nation. Since Dec. 11, Ms. Spence has staged a hunger strike only a few hundred metres from Parliament Hill. She vows not to eat until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with her. 

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence Sends Message to Youth  

Chief Spence's efforts are endorsed by Marc Garneau and Justin Trudeau, frontrunners in the Liberal leadership race. Mr. Trudeau met with Ms. Spence in her Victoria Island teepee, while Garneau called upon Harper to build “renewed understanding” with Canada’s First Nations.

Idle No More is rapidly growing and has garnered worldwide support from other indigenous peoples as well as  non-indigenous Canadians and Americans. The movement has received official backing by First Nations groups and leaders across Canada, including Assembly of First Nations grand chief, Shawn Atleo.

The IDLE NO MORE protests are meant to ensure that First Nations treaty rights are respected.

Mall of America, MN
December, 2012: More than 1,000 Native American filled the rotunda and danced in a circle.  Both balconies were filled with supporters and shoppers who watched and captured events on cell phones and cameras.

The Problem:

1. Ontario, the 3 Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba), and large parts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories sit on land that First Nations people signed over to Canada in exchange for a package of government guarantees.

2. One example: a 1905/1906 treaty-- Treaty 9 -- was signed by the people of Attawapiskat. It guarantees that, in perpetuity, First Nations would receive “benefits that served to balance anything that they were giving.”

3. The treaty also guaranteed total Aboriginal control over reserve lands

Idle No More

1. Alleges their treaty rights are not being honoured. Example: the disastrous state of Aboriginal health and living conditions on First Nations reserves.

2. Current attempts to amend the Indian Act will only erode existing Aboriginal rights.

59,000 "Likes" as of  December 29, 2012

IDLE NO MORE calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth."

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence Sends Message to Youth

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