To fully understand the phenomenon of Idle No More, you must imagine two parallel universes. In one, INM is comprised of good-hearted grassroots Native people responding to a call to oppose Bill C-45 and to protect the land and water of their traditional territories. In the other, however, are chiefs using the mobilization to achieve their political & economic agenda, an agenda that includes partnering with corporations seeking to exploit oil and gas resources on reserve lands. Read the rest of this entry
by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec. 14, 2012
According to the accounts of Idle No More (INM) organizers, the mobilization began in Saskatchewan when four women met and decided to organize workshops outlining what Bill C-45 was, and the threats it presented to Indigenous peoples and lands. From this humble beginning, it transformed into a national day of action, almost entirely through social media. Or so goes the dominant narrative.
But is this movement really grassroots? Read the rest of this entry
MNN. Dec. 12, 2012. The Assembly of First Nations AFN and Iroquois Caucus [IC] merged their corporations on December 4th 2012. The Iroquois Caucus represents the band councils on the Mohawk communities in Canada, not the legitimate Mohawk people or Iroquois Confederacy. They take credit for our grassroots activism. In fact they worked behind the scenes to help their benefactors, the Canadian government, to try to silence us and continue the illusion of freedom. Read the rest of this entry
by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec. 12, 2012
On Dec. 10, 2012, several thousand Native peoples rallied across Canada as part of a national day of action dubbed “Idle No More” (INM). The protests targeted Bill C-45 and the policies of the ruling Conservative Party. In Edmonton, as many as 1,500 turned out, one of the largest. A reported 400 people attended in Calgary and Winnipeg, with anywhere from 100 to 300 participating in Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, and Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry
Hundreds of First Nations, Métis, rally against Bill C-45
Linda Hoang, CTV Edmonton, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
Hundreds of people in Edmonton joined countless more across the country on Monday for a rally in opposition of the federal government’s Bill C-45.
First Nations, Métis and supporters in Edmonton came together for an ‘Idle No More’ demonstration downtown Monday afternoon.
Police estimate more than 1,500 people attended the demonstration, which coincides with International Day for Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry