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Postmedia News reports, “Idle No More protesters are set to gather in at least 30 Canadian cities and will be joined by solidarity protests around the world as the indigenous grassroots movement marks a global day of action on Monday. The day of action, which comes as Canada’s MPs return to the House of Commons, is to include everything from a rally in Vancouver and a peace march in Calgary, to a gathering of jingle dancers on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and a sunrise ceremony in Montreal, according to regional Idle No More Facebook pages.”

“Last week, a new assembly of social movements called Common Causes — associated with the Council of Canadians — announced its support for Idle No More to mark the global day of action. Common Causes has also announced rallies and marches on Monday in cities across the country, most of them in co-ordination with Idle No More events. The largest Idle No More turnout is expected in Ottawa, where jingle dancers from across Canada have been invited by organizers to dance on Parliament Hill following a rally on Victoria Island. Maude Barlow, the national chair of the Council of Canadians, is scheduled to give a speech on behalf of Common Causes on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon (at about 2:15 pm).”

To join a Common Causes action across the country, please see http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/239892866145089/. You can download Common Causes PDFs to take as placards for today’s rallies at http://canadians.org/commoncauses/downloads.html. You are also encouraged to take photos of your presence at these rallies and e-mail them to [email protected].

Read Barlow’s paper ‘Common Causes: Progressive forces actions together to build a better society‘ (en français)

The new Common Causes website is at http://www.commoncauses.ca/, it’s Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/CommonCausesCausesCommunes?fref=ts.

More to come!

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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil...