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Canadian police spied on Indigenous protesters on Parliament Hill

unsettle canada 150 ottawaBy Hilary Beaumont, Vice News Canada, Nov 10, 2017

Documents obtained by VICE News show the RCMP watched closely as Indigenous protesters erected a teepee on Parliament Hill this summer, with the force’s national protective intelligence unit believing activists could disrupt Canada Day celebrations, and that the ceremony attended by communists “may not remain peaceful.” Read the rest of this entry

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UNsettling 150: A Call to Action

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UNsettling Canada 150

In honour of Arthur Manuel, we call for a National Day of Action in support of Indigenous self-determination over land, territories, and resources Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More movement was like ‘bacteria,’ says internal RCMP document

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 7, 2015
The Idle No More movement was like “bacteria” that spread across the country carrying with it the potential for an outbreak of violence, according to an internal RCMP document shared by senior officers.

The internal document was a site report from Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s camp which was set up during her liquids-only fast on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River within sight of Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada. The camp became a hub of activity during the height of the Idle No More movement between December 2012 and January 2013. 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

First Nations leader sent Idle No More plans to government: emails

By Laura Stone, Global News, April 18, 2013

Terrance Nelson during his speech seeking election as national chief of AFN, June 2012.

Terrance Nelson during his speech seeking election as national chief of AFN, June 2012.

The federal government didn’t have to go far to find out what First Nations leaders were planning during last winter’s Idle No More movement.

The plans were sent directly to the government inbox. Read the rest of this entry

Cree walkers finally arrive in Ottawa on Idle No More trek

Cree walkers and supporters march in Ottawa, March 2013.

Cree walkers and supporters march in Ottawa, March 25, 2013.

CBC News, Mar 25, 2013

A group of young people from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., has arrived in Ottawa, marking the end of a 1,600-kilometre trek to the nation’s capital. Read the rest of this entry

Idle No More, Defenders of the Land form alliance, call for “Sovereignty Summer”

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, March 18, 2013

Art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka'wakw.

Art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

Idle No More has joined forces with Defenders of the Land and the new alliance plans to launch “escalating action” during what is being called the “Sovereignty Summer,” according to a draft joint declaration obtained by APTN National News. Read the rest of this entry

Beau Dick Copper Cutting Ceremony in Victoria to “Shame” Government

Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick walking to Victoria legislature.

Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick walking to Victoria legislature.

Scores of Native people rallied at the Victoria legislature on Sunday, Feb 10, 2013, to attend a copper cutting ceremony performed by Namgis hereditary chief Beau Dick.  A world renowned carver, Dick began his journey on Feb 2 from his hometown of Alert Bay, located near northern Vancouver Island.  On the walk to Victoria, Dick and his supporters drew attention to the destructive impact of fish farms in the region, stopping at supermarkets that sell farmed salmon as well as fish farms. Read the rest of this entry