On January 2, 2013, hundreds of First Nations and non-Indigenous people converged on Vancouver's Waterfront Station for the latest Idle No More rally. The beating of drums and singing of traditional songs signaled this crowd's solidarity with the movement that is building across the country and beyond its borders. "This isn't just because we want to go out there and sing songs and protest. This is for our land, this is for our future," young Ben Paul from Tsartlip First Nation on Vancouver Island told the crowd.
This film documents one of the many events worldwide in support of the Idle No More movement. This event was held in Seattle Washington De. 29, 2012. The film was Directed by Dave Wilson (Brother Ali, Frank Ocean, Atmosphere, Yelawolf, Evidence), Produced by Tulalip tribal member and independent recording artist Brodie Stevens "Redskin" with footage by cameraman Ben Hampton. The film is narrated by author Gyasi Ross and elder Ramona Bennett. The gathering was organized by Lawerence Miguel and James Ole Coyote Sacred Water. Additional music by "Redskin."
Jennifer Podemski: "I've interviewed Russell Diabo, First Nations policy analyst. It is a long interview so for those with short attention spans, you can watch it in pieces. For the rest of you, grab a coffee or tea and enjoy. Remember, this is one person's perspective only. It is intended to continue the conversation and inform those who want to know more." The original video is available here.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence held a press conference Sunday, and invited Canadian MPs to Victoria Island. Although 20 MPs attended Chief Spence's Open House and photo op, Crown representatives -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston -- still refuse to meet with Chief Spence on a nation-to-nation level. Video by IPSMO.
Mohawk and Metis flags were visible near the stage of Monday night's New Year's Eve extravanganza at Niagara Falls. Near midnight, headline performer Nelly Furtado gave a shout out to Idle No More.
A response to all the uneducated, ignorant comments about First Nations and the Idle No More movement. Every Canadian has the responsibility of learning the actual history of Canada.
Watch this video of a round dance on Parliament Hill, from December 21st. Video includes the talk by Chief Theresa Spence's representative,
DemocracyNow.org - A new campaign for indigenous rights and environmental justice is spreading across Canada. The "Idle No More" movement began as a series of protests against a controversial government budget bill, but has since expanded into a nationwide movement for political transformation. Aboriginal and environmental activists are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to honor treaties with aborigines; open dialogue with environmentalists; and reject tar sands pipelines that would infiltrate First Nation territories. We go to Toronto to speak with Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and spokeswoman for the "Idle No More" movement.
Neil Faulkner shares his "A Red down the chimney: revolutionary Christmas history" at Fire Box, London 2012.
Footage from the "Idle No More" Rally held in front of the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles, to stand in solidarity with our Canadian and Indigenous relations throughout the world. With special apperances by native celebrities Red Cloud, Crystal Lightning, Sam Bear Paw, Adam Beach, and Hoop Dancer Sage Romero. Camera by Sage Romero, and Christina Ortiz. Cut and editied by Sage Romero at Sage Smoke Studios for AkaMya Culture Group. Music by Lindsey Stirling AC3 Theme Song