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Judge should have declared ties to CN Rail in native protest cases, lawyer argues

Blockade of CN rail line near Sarnia, Ontario.

Blockade of CN rail line near Sarnia, Ontario.

High-profile lawyer complains to legal disciplinary body that judge should have declared potential conflict of interest before hearing case involving CN Rail and Aboriginal protestors

A high-profile Toronto lawyer has complained to a legal disciplinary body that a judge should have declared a potential conflict of interest before presiding over cases involving First Nations protests along Ontario CN Rail lines.

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Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Idle No More flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Justin Ling, National Post, March 23, 2014

Secret documents from Canada’s spy agency show that the Canadian government was getting ready in case last year’s Idle No More protests “escalated.”

A heavily-redacted 11-page report — with one entire page missing — obtained under the Access to Information Act shows that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was involved in preparing an all-of-government approach to dealing with the First Nations protests, which began in late 2012.

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Palestine Without Smears: Why Israel and Natives Aren’t Natural Allies

Palestine Native comparisonRobert Warrior, Indian Country Today, Jan 29, 2014

Ryan Bellerose’s unfortunate recent op-ed essay in Indian Country Today Media Network, “Don’t Mix Indigenous Fight with Palestinian Rights,” would be laughable and easy to dismiss given how heavy on bluster and light on accuracy it is. The essay, however, employs ugly characterizations and simplistic historical analysis in discussing deadly important and serious issues regarding American Indians, Israel and Palestine. Seeing what connects the Native world to the Middle East is challenging to many ICTMN readers, but a clear dividing line is emerging between American Indian defenders of Israel and the growing number of us who support the Palestinian boycott divestment, and sanctions movement. Read the rest of this entry

The return of Idle No More ‘flash mobs’… to the shopping malls

INM anniversary rally in Lethbridge, Alberta, Dec 21, 2013.

INM anniversary rally in Lethbridge, Alberta, Dec 21, 2013.

by Warrior Publications, Dec 26, 2013

Over the past week, more Idle No More ‘flashmob round dances’ have occurred in various shopping malls across Canada, including Winnipeg, Toronto, Lethbridge, and Vancouver.  Once again, hundreds of Natives as well as non-Natives have rallied, drummed and sang songs inside malls.  These have been part of the one year anniversary celebrations of Idle No More. Read the rest of this entry

One year of Idle No More: update and analysis

Idle No More Dec 21 ottawa sign

INM rally on Dec 21, 2012, in Ottawa.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 11, 2013

Last month at around this time, I posted one or two corporate news articles about the one year anniversary of Idle No More (INM). Yesterday (Dec 10), there were a few more articles about the one year anniversary. “What’s up with that?” I thought, so I checked out INM’s website. Turns out, the one year anniversary was officially declared to be a month-long series of events by INM Official (the website). Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More anniversary sees divisions emerging

Movement that began with a teach-in claims 254,000 supporters

By Daniel Schwartz, CBC News, Nov 10, 2013Idle No More feather flag graphic

Idle No More, the indigenous movement that began a year ago today, says it has a database of 254,000 supporters. Some, however, are concerned about the direction its founders want to go.  Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Nationhood Movement goes online

CBC News, Nov 05, 2013Indigenous Nationhood Movement logo

A new website is calling for Aboriginal nations to move away from the Indian Act and towards autonomy and traditional governments.

Siku Allooloo is part Haitian, part Inuk, and now living in New York. She was part of a group of Native and non-Native people that drafted principles for the Indigenous Nationhood movement that were released this morning. Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More protests mark Royal Proclamation’s 250th anniversary

CBC News, Oct 07, 2013

Women drum and sing at Idle No More Oct 7 rally in Windsor, Ont.

Women drum and sing at Idle No More Oct 7 rally in Windsor, Ont.

Idle No More supporters gathered outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization on Monday afternoon as part of a worldwide mass day of action to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, a historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize indigenous land rights. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS, Aboriginal Affairs kept close watch on Idle No More protest movement

Postmedia News August 11, 2013

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2013, that blocked border crossing.

A federal department and the country’s spy agency closely monitored the activities of the aboriginal “Idle No More” movement in late 2012 and early 2013, with the intelligence agency claiming it was doing so not over fear of protests getting out of hand, but to protect the activists from potential violence by others. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations man faces $16K bill for ‘Idle No More’ blockade on CN Railway

By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer, Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ron Plain speaking during a rally.

Ron Plain speaking during a rally.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation activist Ron Plain has been ordered to pay more than $16,000 to CN Rail for his role in a 13-day blockade that was part of the Idle No More movement.

On Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court, Justice Bruce G. Thomas ordered Plain to pay $16,584.87 to CN to cover the company’s legal costs. Read the rest of this entry

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