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Idle No More

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Thousands demonstrated across Canada on December 10 in support of this movement - Idle No More. I thought we could have a thread to support and follow the movement as it goes forward.

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Idle No More began with 4 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


epaulo13
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 @DwayneBird


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Why national media’s IKEA monkey coverage overshadowed Idle No More rallies

Monday’s rallies seemed hard to miss with the drumming, chanting and marching in some of Canada’s largest cities.

But somehow, for the national mainstream media, the demonstrations were invisible.

As APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot finds out, another story dominated the headlines that day.

And it pushed aside a few thousand angry Indigenous people.


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Good! Rabble is advertising its coverage of Idle No More:

Indigenous

And an item by Derrick O'Keefe on the MSM's wall of silence:

On the mainstream media's shameful failure to cover #IdleNoMore


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Good to see that Al Jazeera is more in tune with important news in Canada than Canadian mainstream media.

 


Serviam6
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I plan on visiting Ottawa this week and dropping off some wood and other items.


epaulo13
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#IdleNoMore - VANCOUVER in solidarity with OTTAWA

Friday, December 21, 2012

11:00am until 1:30pm

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street

https://www.facebook.com/events/102909899880440/

 

ALSO:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

10:00am until 1:00pm

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street

Rally to STOP Bill C-45
This gathering will be to bring information forward in regards to the implications of what this means to the people and the earth. Many women living in the area are involved in putting together this gathering. we will give thanks to the creator, and speak to the issues. Ocean Side Dakota Drum will sing for our Mother Earth. We are asking that the people make signs, invite your family and friends, ask non-indigenous peoples to come and hear what is going on and to support us in our Legal right to fight for our lands, the waters the air. If we are in solidarity, if we stand with one another and only think about the future generations and the responsibility we have to them we will not fail. We are all our relations voice at this time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/539740012721038/


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First Nations “war drums” will “ring loudly” if Attawapiskat Chief Spence dies: Nepinak

The “long silent war drums” of First Nations people will pound again if Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence dies from her hunger strike, says the head of Manitoba’s largest chiefs organization.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak issued the statement Sunday, the same day Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo released an open letter calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston to agree to Spence’s demand and meet with First Nations leaders to discuss the treaties.

Spence is into her sixth day of a hunger strike and she’s spending her days and nights in a teepee on Victoria Island which sits in the Ottawa River and in the shadow of the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament Hill. Temperatures in Ottawa hovered between -6C and -10C over the weekend....

 Nepinak

Round dance during Saturday’s Sandy Bay First Nation Trans-Canada blockade in Manitoba.


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#Idle No More: Support The Fight For Native Rights!

Stand With Toad, Six Nations Land Defender - Tuesday, 18 December, 2012

Rides leave from Keele Subway Station at 12:00 PM

More Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/196728107118812


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Treaty Six Chiefs reject C-45:

As Indigenous Nations, the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations do not recognize laws and enactments of the Government of Canada, including but not limited to Bill C-45, which do not fulfill their constitutionally recognized and affirmed Treaty and Aboriginal rights; as well as the Crown’s legal obligations to meaningfully consult and accommodate First Nations.

http://www.treatysix.org/upload/documents/CT6FN%20PRESS%20RELEASE%20Bill...


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On P&P, one of the guests - I forget who - said John Duncan dismissed Idle No More as a "social media phenomenon" and nothing more. I see a confrontation brewing.


epaulo13
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It’s Political Unrest. No, It’s a Resurgence

#IdleNoMore

The movement has begun, as we see a united front of our indigenous nations with their fists raised in the presence of waving flags.  We are in a critical time- a time where you recognize microphones and megaphones waiting to be utilized to motivate, inspire, and rally our people.  It is legitimate to say that a sleeping giant of Indigenous presence has been prodded by the pitchfork of Canadian legislation.  The blankets of comfort have been ripped off our people as many are awakening to the realities of the state of our Indigenous nationhood....

 


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..awesome video!!!!

FlashMob2 #IdleNoMore #CornwallCenter #Rg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7yDs-sNcvsw


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Driftpile Cree Nation launched Idle No More Alberta highway blockade

In Alberta, Driftpile Cree Nation members also held a peaceful blockade of a major highway running through their community this past weekend.

Organizers say they want to show their support of the Idle No More movement in opposition to Bill C-45 and to bring awareness that all Canadians are being impacted by the proposed bill.

 

Idle No More protests continue, from one community to another

Hundreds more took the streets in Lethbridge and Regina as part of the ongoing protests against Bill C-45.


epaulo13
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Blocking the 401 in Ontario

Welcome to Indian Country!



epaulo13
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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               

18 December 2012

Thousands expected at Ottawa protest on Friday

First Nations people and their supporters are uniting under the banner Idle No More against the federal government’s changes to legislation which will affect treaties and traditionally used lands.

At noon on Friday, December 21st, a grassroots led protest is expected to attract thousands of Aboriginal people to a ceremony at Victoria Island, who will then march in solidarity on to Parliament Hill. Idle No More Ottawa will feature voices from many nations and political stripes in a speakers rally that will last until dusk. 

The peaceful event page, which organizers simply posted on facebook and twitter, has elicited support for change from around what’s known as Turtle Island and follows several similar protests held across Canada.

On the following page is a timeline and speakers list for Idle No More Ottawa.

Here is a link for Idle No More Ottawa on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/453702748027709/


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Idle No More protest brings more than 1,000 to the street in London

They halted traffic for 90 minutes on Canada’s busiest highway Wednesday, more than 1,000 protesters from area First Nations. They’re part of a grassroots movement — Idle No More — gaining momentum across Canada....

http://www.lfpress.com/2012/12/19/native-protest-shuts-down-highways

 


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I am so excited about this movement.  Thank You.  

Hope to see in my neighbourhood soon.


quizzical
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gr8 to see all this!!!!!!!!

media in Canada is a big problem. the pipelines pay them millions to vomit propaganda at us so they don't say a thing.

like yesterday there was a huge pipeline blow up in AB do we hear a thing? nope.


epaulo13
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Mapping Idle No More Teach-ins, blockades, rallies, flash mobs and hunger strike

click on this link.

Idle No More is a multi-faceted movement spear headed by First Nations communities to oppose several bills being pushed through parliament, including the Bill C-45, and to unite communities in their opposition to colonialism and its attacks on indigenous peoples, and damage to the land and water.....

Mapping Idle No More

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/mapping-idle-no-more/15183


MegB
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Just finished listening to Gian Gomeshi's Friday media panel - it was all about coverage (or lack thereof) of Idle No More.  Media pundits were Judy Rebick (eloquent as always), a guy from TorStar, and some fascist from the Post.


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I also found it odd that the CBC morning National news talked about protesters disrupting shoppers.

That's not how the round dances in shopping malls have been playing out here. It's more of a show of unity, an invitation to draw in others to the fact that while this is primarily about Native rights, it has a great effect on all of us.

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Thousands+take+over+Saskatoon+mall+Id...

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... and that would be the well-dressed Jonathan Kay.

 

 

 


MegB
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6079_Smith_W wrote:

I also found it odd that the CBC morning National news talked about protesters disrupting shoppers.

That's not how the round dances in shopping malls have been playing out here. It's more of a show of unity, an invitation to draw in others to the fact that while this is primarily about Native rights, it has a great effect on all of us.

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Thousands+take+over+Saskatoon+mall+Id...

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... and that would be the well-dressed Jonathan Kay.

Ah yes, Jonathan "my suit costs more than you earn in a year" Kay.  


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6079_Smith_W wrote:
I also found it odd that the CBC morning National news talked about protesters disrupting shoppers...

I caught a bit of Newsworld just a while ago and an Idle No More newsbite came on. The Reporter did a good job describing the movement and how, after "decades and centuries", it's boiled down to the need to reset the relationship. After the story they introed a newstory about how and where the Ikea monkey was going to spend Christmas Undecided. We all know how important Christmas is to Ikea monkeys... no pun intended. And, I mean no disrespect to the victims of crap "pet owners" but this story is becoming a bit symbolic for me at the sometimes farsical nature of popular media.


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6079_Smith_W wrote:

I also found it odd that the CBC morning National news talked about protesters disrupting shoppers.

 

 

I was reading the feedback about the Idle No More protests on the NovaScotia highway on a CBC website and I feel it validates my opinion on roadblocks- they don't work. They actually do more to damage to this cause than anything else.

 

In the most general terms blocking off a highway pisses people off. A lot. Memebsr of rabble.ca for example will not only understand but sympathize and support these roadblocks.  It's not rabble.ca (and friends) who protesters need to get support from. It's the average day to day citizens who don't really know what the issues are about or haven't been educated yet.

Inconvieniencing them for 2 hours doesn't make them want to get home and read up about the issues it just annoys them.

Reading the comments from this CBC page   2 seem to support the protesters setting up roadblocks and 11 were upset or annoyed about it. I would say unsupportive.

Here are some key comments.

-I don't think delaying traffice will make the public more sympathetic to your cause. Just sayin.

-I am willing to listen to and consider anyone's point of view...until you block the way of people who are simply trying to carry on with their lives.

-Honestly. Timing is idiotic. Busiest travel day of the season. You eally think you won any hearts or minds for your cause?

-I spent two hours trying to find out what they were protesting and I'll be darned if I could. It is all very vague, especially here where the only treaties are peace and friendship. The very treaties they are breaking at the worst possible time to step onto a roadway. (No not Christmas. Dec 21, the darkest day of the year)

-1) making people angry cannot be a good way to gain their support

-So if I understand things, at least part of the idea here is to raise environmental awareness by causing hundreds of cars to sit or creep along the highway for long periods, burning fossil fuels inefficiently.

 

And a comment supporting the road blocks.

-What Harper is doing to Canada affects every Canadian, sadly it seems only the Native Canadians care enough to do anything about it. To everyone else they think it is a bit of inconvenience to sit in traffic a little longer. If everyone joined in the protest maybe harper would get the message that Canada belongs to all of us not just him.

 

 

 

If everyone joined the protest harper WOULD get the message I agree. The problem is  the average Canadian isn't going to support this when their first exposure to these issues is to sit and wait in traffic for 2 hours.  To you or I it may be a slight inconvienence for a bigger greater cause. To others it's a nail in the coffen whether they get on board or not.


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Serviam6 wrote:

6079_Smith_W wrote:

I also found it odd that the CBC morning National news talked about protesters disrupting shoppers.

 

 

I was reading the feedback about the Idle No More protests on the NovaScotia highway on a CBC website and I feel it validates my opinion on roadblocks- they don't work. They actually do more to damage to this cause than anything else.

 

In the most general terms blocking off a highway pisses people off. A lot. Memebsr of rabble.ca for example will not only understand but sympathize and support these roadblocks.  It's not rabble.ca (and friends) who protesters need to get support from. It's the average day to day citizens who don't really know what the issues are about or haven't been educated yet.

Inconvieniencing them for 2 hours doesn't make them want to get home and read up about the issues it just annoys them.

 

I've never been under the assumption that roadblocks are intended to get the average citizen to care about an issue, because even if you have a majority or plurality of the public on your side, that doesn't necessarily force the government's hand. I've always thought of roadblocks as economic disruption. In an age of just-in-time delivery, blocking a highway can seriously fuck with a business' production schedule, and subsequently, their bottom line. I think the capitalists have more influence on the government than the average citizen, so if these disruptions start to effect their profits, they're the ones who can put in a call to Stevie to tell him that he needs to do something to address the situation.

 

ETA: I also think that at this point in our colonial history, First Nations folks just gotta do what they gotta do, regardless of what the people who post in the CBC comments section think. I mean, just yesterday there was a report on CBC Ottawa's website about the government of Ontario finally reaching a draft agreement on a land claim with the Algonquins of Ontario. Much of eastern Ontario is unceded Alqonquin territory, and yet most of the comments were incredulous that the government was "giving away" our (i.e. settlers') land to the Algonquins, showing zero willingness to acknowledge that this was never "our" land to begin with.

I'm not saying that it's a good idea to deliberately allienate the general public, but I don't think First Nations folks should let our unwillingness to own up to our colonial past and present stand in the way of justice.


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THe rest of the local coverage on CBC radio today - of events in Ottawa, and the demos in Saskatoon and Regina -  has actually been incredible, making the links between First Nations concerns, the fact that we are all signators to the Treaties, and that these issues affect us all.

And no mention at all about the "inconvenience" except one traffic tip that drivers might want to avoid downtown Saskatoon today.

 


epaulo13
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Idle No More: Interview with Darla Goodwin

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/f-word/2012/12/idle-no-more


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vastly understated reporting of the actual demonstrations, which occurred all across the country, in both large and small communities

I noticed that this was the top news story on CBC (in the wee hours of the morning), but it still has more comments than any other so-called "news" on the corporate sites.

National chief urges Canadians to 'stand with us' (cbc.ca)

First Nations Idle No More protests continue across Canada (globalnews.ca)

On eve of national ‘Idle No More’ protest, hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief pushes Harper to lead change (news.nationalpost.com)

‘We believe our future is at stake,’ Idle-No-More movement founder says (canada.com)

Idle No More vs. Bill C-45: First Nations Leaders Launch National Protest In Ottawa As Movement Grows (huffingtonpost.ca)


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Speaking of unceded native land in eastern Ontario, the ontario government has this on their website:

Overview: What is the Algonquin Land Claim About?

Land claim territory

The Algonquin land claim covers a territory of 36,000 square kilometres (8.9 million acres) that fall within the Ontario portion of the Ottawa and Mattawa River watersheds.

The area that is the subject of the Algonquin claim includes most of Algonquin Park as well as CFB Petawawa and the National Capital Region, including Parliament Hill.

Of the area within the claim territory, approximately 59 per cent is privately held patented land, 21 per cent of the land mass is within Algonquin Park, 16 per cent is land held by Ontario as public lands and by provincial Crown corporations, and four per cent is federal Crown land.

This is the geographically largest and one of the most complex native land claims in Ontario under active negotiation. More than a million people reside and work within the claim territory

 

 


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