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Magda Hassan
12-23-2012, 01:39 AM
Yes Keith, this is very much what the Mayans believe a time of transition from one era to another. It is sad to think there are some people who were terrified of the day thinking it was The End Of The World.

I was also intrigued to note also that at the same time as if in synchrony the First Nations of the north are gathering together under 'Idle No More' and the Zapatistas are once again on the move marching in their thousands in silence.

First Nations Idle No More protests continue across Canada

Global News and The Canadian Press Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:41 AM

http://www.globaltvbc.com/uploadedImages/Global_News/Content/idle-no-more-ottawa-2.jpg?size=60x40 (http://www.globaltvbc.com/interactive+map+idle+no+more+rallies+across+canada/6442776986/story.html) Interactive map: 'Idle No More' rallies across Canada (http://www.globaltvbc.com/interactive+map+idle+no+more+rallies+across+canada/6442776986/story.html)
http://www.globaltvbc.com/uploadedImages/Global_Edmonton/News/idlenomorehwy63.jpg?size=60x40 (http://www.globaltvbc.com/highway+blockades+part+of+idle+no+more+demonstrati ons/6442776507/story.html) In depth: A closer look at Idle No More and Bill C-45 (http://www.globaltvbc.com/highway+blockades+part+of+idle+no+more+demonstrati ons/6442776507/story.html)
http://www.globaltvbc.com/uploadedImages/Global_News/Content/IdleNoMore.jpg?size=60x40 (http://www.globaltvbc.com/idle+no+more+first+nations+activist+movement+grows +across+canada/6442773415/story.html) Idle No More: First Nations activist movement grows across Canada (http://www.globaltvbc.com/idle+no+more+first+nations+activist+movement+grows +across+canada/6442773415/story.html)
OTTAWA - As hundreds gathered for Idle No More protests across Canada, one of the Saskatoon women who launched the movement recalled its beginnings.

Sheelah McLean says and others met in the city to discuss how they might affect change, deciding to hold a number of -- in her words -- "teach-ins."

She says the movement has ignited long-standing issues among women and First Nations people across the country and now, even across the globe.

McLean says it's time for Canadians to look at their history of racism and sexism, and address the inequality that exists in society now as a result of that history.

Hundreds of First Nations protesters waved flags, chanted slogans and shook a collective fist at the federal government Friday as they gathered on Parliament Hill to put Canada on notice they would be "idle no more."

More than 1,000 protesters, a group stretching several city blocks, marched through the streets of the capital after meeting with Theresa Spence, the chief of northern Ontario's troubled Attawapiskat First Nation, who is on a hunger strike.

"We are tired of having the boot put to our head," Algonquin Chief Gilbert Whiteduck told the gathering beneath the Peace Tower under a steady barrage of snow.

"We want the government of Canada to come to the table in a spirit of unconditional openness and transparency."

Other rallies were held in various cities across the country. Demonstrations in support of Spence's cause also took place in the United States.

Read it on Global News: Global BC | First Nations Idle No More protests continue across Canada (http://www.globaltvbc.com/first+nations+launch+national+protest/6442776792/story.html#ixzz2FpkME2QC)

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Breaking News: By Votan LRI Writer-Today, 12-21-12, the Indigenous movement called EZLN ( Zapatista National Liberation Army) marched by the hundreds from the highlands of chiapas into cities to draw attention to i
Indigenous issues which have been ignored or quelled by the Mexican government.
Today they raise awareness addressing the 15th anniversary of the acteal massacre. The abuse of Native peoples in the cities and abroad!
The march is said to culminate in an area where the privileged have placed an ice skating ring that has costed the city thousands, while Indigenous communities lack basic necessities!

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Keith Millea
12-24-2012, 10:02 PM
Published on Monday, December 24, 2012 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org/)

Canada's 'Idle No More' Movement Spreads Like Wildfire

Chief Theresa Spence on 14th day of hunger strike

- Craig Brown, staff writer

The 'Idle No More' (http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/) movement, a campaign of grassroots First Nations protests, has spread like wildfire over the past week in response to bills passed by the conservative Canadian government.


First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill during a demonstration as part of the spreading 'Idle No More' movement in Ottawa, Canada, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Anger to the recently passed C-45, the Harper government omnibus budget bill, has fueled the growing movement.

Bil C-45 includes changes to the Canadian Indian Act regarding how reserve lands are managed, making them easier to develop and be taken away from the First Nation people.
The bill also removes thousands of lakes and streams from the list of federally protected bodies of water. “This is unacceptable. They have made a unilateral decision remove the protection of waterways... Shell Canada has proposed to mine out 21km of the Muskeg River, a river of cultural and biological significance. This ultimately gives the tar sands industry a green light to destroy vital waterways still used by our people," stated Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

Atiwapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has been on a hunger strike since December 11th, resolved to starve herself to death unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets to discuss treaty rights, and Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous peoples. She is currently living in a teepee on Victoria Island, in Ottawa, just a kilometer away from the Parliament buildings. So far, Harper has rejected calls to meet with Spence.


Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, center, sits between supporters Danny Matatawabin, left, and Angela Bercier in a teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa during her hunger strike. (Photo; Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen)



Magda Hassan
12-25-2012, 01:53 PM
On Christmas Eve, a flash mob quickly grew at Limeridge Mall as the Native people of Canada and concerned citizens came together to voice their outrage at the Harper Government and raise awareness to the increasing attacks and violations on our human rights and this great country.
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.

On December 10th, Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals -- Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

Keith Millea
12-25-2012, 08:57 PM

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth


Idle No More: On the meaning of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike (http://rabble.ca/news/2012/12/idle-no-more-what-does-chief-spences-hunger-strike-mean)

BY GREG MACDOUGALL (http://rabble.ca/taxonomy/term/7741)

| DECEMBER 22, 2012
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Native peoples in this country have endured much worse than the disrespect Prime Minister Harper showed on Dec 21, tweeting about "mmm… bacon (http://twitter.com/pmharper/status/282233267623714816)" while Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was on Day 11 of a hunger strike that won't end unless he agrees to a meeting between himself, the Governor General and First Nations leaders including Spence.

But it is precisely at this point where respect would be worth so much. We have an uprising in this country for Native sovereignty, the Idle No More movement. This in a country where Harper 'apologized' for genocidal residential schools, yet the next year claimed on the world stage that Canada didn't have a history of colonialism (http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/derrick/2009/09/harper-denial-g20-canada-has-no-history-colonialism), and where the residential schools Truth and Reconcialition Commission has just had to turn to the courts (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/shining-light-on-residential-schools-impossible-without-documents-commission-argues-in-court/article6598267/) in order to get the government to turn over the historical records that it needs to do its job.

And in Chief Spence's community of Attawapiskat, when they were experiencing a housing crisis in the winter cold last year (http://ipsmo.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/canadian-colonialism-the-attawapiskat/), Harper ‘took leadership’ of the situation by removing management of the community from the chief and council and putting it under third-party management, which a court later ruled was it was wrong to do (http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/apihtawikosisan/attawapiskat-was-not-financially-mismanaged). But contrary to what Jian Ghomeshi said (in an otherwise great piece) (http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2012/12/19/idle-no-more-jians-opening-essay/) about Chief Spence being on hunger strike to get Harper to meet with her to discuss the situation on her reserve, Spence is in fact doing this on behalf of all Aboriginal people in Canada (and especially for the youth).

There is some recognition in this country that Aboriginal people have been unjustly treated, that there is validity to this movement to take the government to account and to demand better. And as such, the potential for broad public support for this movement is there. (And for those who cling to justifications against Native peoples, Maclean’s has helpfully deciphered those arguments (http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/12/20/parsing-the-comments-on-idlenomore/)).

Chief Spence's actions are serving to supercharge this movement.

Idle No More started in Saskatchewan in November (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Idle+More+movement+started+with+string+emails+betw een+four+Sask+women/7720530/story.html), and caught on through social media (http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/from-a-grassroots-hashtag-to-a-real--opportunity-for-change-kinewview-182324221.html). It was this grassroots pressure, their people urging them to stand up against the government, that catalyzed some chiefs, who were having a meeting in Gatineau, to impromptly march to Parliament where a few tried to enter the House of Commons, causing a brief scuffle between them and security.

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Chief Spence started her fast (https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/chief-spence-announces-hunger-strike-in-ottawa/) as the Idle No More movement continued to gather steam. She seems to have taken the lead from the grassroots people, and in turn they have taken her lead.

People have started solidarity fasts or hunger strikes (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/14/sympathy-hunger-strikes-begin-in-support-of-attawapiskat-chief-theresa-spence/) (including this Cross Lake elder (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/12/14/mb-cross-lake-elder-hunger-strike.html), that CBC can somehow report on without a single mention of Chief Spence).

Some in the public sphere have urged caution or shown disapproval for her actions: Patrick Brazeau, a Native senator appointed by Harper best known for his boxing match with Justin Trudeau, stated that he thought she wasn't setting a good example for Aboriginal youth (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/20/brazeau-attawapiskat-chiefs-hunger-strike-doesnt-set-good-example-for-young-aboriginal-youth/); Kate Heartfield of the Ottawa Citizen warns that this isn't the way to deal with a government headed by Harper (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/Anti+Harper+signs+will+only/7722560/story.html); and NDP MP Charlie Angus worries that this type of potential martyrdom could lead to the type of strife experienced in Northern Ireland (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/charlie-angus/chief-theresa-spence-hunger-strike_b_2346601.html).

But in a lot of the reporting and discussion around the hunger strike, the very act of a hunger strike or fast is seemingly not understood fully.

Like many other hunger strikers, Chief Spence is issuing a demand that must be fulfilled for her to start eating again. But she is also engaging in a practice that is very much part of spiritual traditions of First Nations' culture.

I had the opportunity earlier this year to hear about fasting in a Native context, at a talk on Aboriginal perspectives on mental health (http://equitableeducation.ca/2012/aboriginal-approaches-mental-health). Carol Hopkins explained the cultural importance and philosophy behind such practice, telling a story of the power of doing without, of praying, of the intent that others have some first, and of how it is not about doing only for yourself, but doing it for everyone.

In this context, a fast/hunger stike as part of Idle No More (along with the many prayer ceremonies, drumming, round dance flash mobs, etc that have been happening) shows how the very Native culture that the people are standing up for is very much alive and experiencing a (re)surgence that can be a point of hope and solidarity in this country racked with so much present and historical pain and amnesia.

As poet/musician and former American Indian Movement leader John Trudell writes in the last stanza of his poem 'This Idle No More (https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-trudell/this-idle-no-more/10151167167306226)':

a real fast way to protect the spirit is to feed the spirit
real-ity of fast, a real fast, let the human sacrifice food
as well thought out decision not in emotional reaction
ceremony in spiritual offerings of self in physical groups
or alone, or together not alone, stand fast in idle no more
the ones who can, stand fast together in different places
stand fast real-ity fast together join the grandmothers fast

In Ottawa this past Wednesday, there was a community feast to feed Chief Spence's spirit as she continued her fast. This was another example of how fasting is not only an individual endeavour, but something that is supported by -- just as much as it is in support of -- the broader health of the community.

As some are engaged in solidarity fasting with Chief Spence, and so many more have her and the cause in her prayers, perhaps another way to be in support is to be mindful in your eating to be not only feeding yourself but also her spirit and that of all engaged in this awakening, this (re)surgence, this whatever you would describe it as.

A post I saw on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=544524728910657&set=a.193229254040208.52747.124359520927182&type=1) put it this way:
Chief Spence said the pain had just become too much – she is trying in her way To Make Medicine Out of Pain. … Chief Spence has presented a bridge to the real great divide in Canada – between the First Peoples and the rest of us – and it is an Indigenous bridge – not the non-native bridge of law and rights and bureaucracy. She is sharing her pain and her heart in a very visible way, and in her way – in a sense it is the spirit of the Friendship and Welcoming and Sharing Wampum, inviting us all to her heart.

The bridge she is creating is not only unifying Native peoples in this country, but also offering the whole country a way forward.

Someone commented that this movement is being seen as 'almost as big as Oka,' referring to the moment in Canadian history that catalyzed Native pride perhaps as never before. Perhaps this present moment can catalyze a unified movement large enough to bring about lasting practical and structural change in the relationship between the Canadian state and the original peoples of this land, and between all of us who call this land home.

Greg Macdougall is an activist and writer who maintains the website EquitableEducation.ca (http://equitableeducation.ca/)


Magda Hassan
12-26-2012, 12:09 AM
Sarnia rail blockade enters fourth day, police have no intention of shutting it down: Mayor (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/24/sarnia-rail-blockade-enters-fourth-day-police-have-no-intention-of-shutting-it-down-mayor/)NATIONAL NEWS (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/category/national-news/) | 24. DEC, 2012 BY APTN NATIONAL NEWS (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/author/news/) | 12 COMMENTS (http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/24/sarnia-rail-blockade-enters-fourth-day-police-have-no-intention-of-shutting-it-down-mayor/#disqus_thread)

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APTN National News
As members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation enter their fourth day of blocking a railway line running through their reserve in Sarnia, Ont., the mayor of the city is now questioning why Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t just meet with First Nation leaders, the main demand of the protesters.
The Aamjiwnaang protesters say they’re acting in solidarity with Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence who is in her 14th day of a hunger strike in Ottawa to force a meeting.
“I don’t understand why Stephen Harper can’t unite Canadians by saying ‘yes, we will meet at the highest level possible and talk about these issues.’ There is a solution there and it’s not a difficult one. That’s the frustration,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley
Bradley said municipal officials have no intention of shutting the blockade down through force because they don’t want to impair relations between the City of Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which sits within the boundaries of the city.
“This is an issue between the First Nations and the federal government and the community and the police service is in the middle. Our concerns are we have a very good relationship,” said Bradley. “CN (Rail) wants to ship products and get that line back open and we’re saying you’re going to have to live with some disruption until we can resolve this issue. Our long-term relationship is much more important to us as a community.”
The blockade began Friday and won’t stop until Harper gives in to the demands of Spence, said blockade spokesman Ron Plain.
Plain said they are disrupting shipments to dozens of oil refineries in an area known as Chemical Valley.
He said CN representatives came to them Sunday trying to negotiate a closure of the blockade by promising to write Prime Minister Harper and urging him to meet with First Nation leaders.
“We made them blink. They came to us (Sunday) to get us off the tracks. CN and companies of Chemical Valley are willing to write a letter to Harper telling him they want Harper to meet with Chief Spence,” he said. “Tha’s all well and good but until the meeting takes place we won’t consider taking it down. But the fact that we made them blink tells you something.”
CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny said they are calling on the local and federal governments to stop the “illegal” blockade.
“Some plants are facing shutdowns if service is not resumed. It could potentially affect the supply of various products, including propane,” said Feeny.
Plain said they have moved their blockade once after being served with a court injunction by CN police but now believe they are in a position where the courts can’t touch them.
“The CN police came to the first site we were at and handed us an injunction to have us removed. There is several sites where these tracks cross reserve roads and there is one road in particular where there was no agreement ever made with the Indian agents over the road because the road didn’t exist when the Indian agents were around,” he said. “They don’t have permission to cross that road so that’s where we moved the blockade to on the second day and we have been there since. They can’t issue an injunction to that piece of road because they don’t have legal crossing on that road.”
Plain said the crossings were negotiated back in the 1960s and because Chemical Valley grew so fast there are some crossings CN doesn’t have permission to cross.
“We have several of these holes in their legislation because of Chemical Valley, because it was built so fast,” he said.
Bradley said he hadn’t heard of this and was going to look into it. He was told there is a court date scheduled for Thursday to deal with the court injunction. As far as he knows police have the right to stop the blockade but will not.
Plain also said they’ve been told their blockade is causing $5 million dollars a day in economic disruption but Bradley said while there is disruption he hasn’t heard of that number.
Feeny said CN Rail is in a legal position to shut the blockade down and while there is some economic affect it’s too early for CN to say how much per day.
Meanwhile, Aamjiwnaang members were also planning to shutdown Highway 402 and the Blue Water Bridge Monday halting traffic across the United States border.

Magda Hassan
12-26-2012, 07:29 AM

#Idle No More (https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity?group_id=217276051669010) Rallies Across the World! View the Google Map here: http://bit.ly/ZWzvNA (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FZWzvNA&h=JAQFtaZ6h&s=1) (SHARE THIS!) IDLE NO MORE UPCOMING EVENTS ACROSS THE WORLD (in order by place and date included below)

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Ottawa Idle No More!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
11:45pm Rideau Centre food court

IDLE NO MORE Flash Mob - Lambton Mall, Sarnia
Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 12:00 pm EST - Sarnia, Ont:

Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 – Sudbury, Ont:

Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:00am in EST - Sudbury, Ont:

#idleNOMore Powwow - Sioux Lookout
December 31 at 3:00pm until January 1 at 1:00am in UTC-06 - Sioux Lookout, Ontario:
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013 4:00pm in EST - Sudbury Ont:


Thursday, December 27 at 12:00am until December 31 at 12:00pm in CST – Regina, Sask:

Tuesday, Jan 1st, 2013 – Saskatoon, Sask:


Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 2:00 pm – Fort McMurray, Alberta:

Edmonton- Idle No More!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 12:00pm
West Edmonton Mall FLASH MOB! (DEC. 26) -

Horse Nation will idle no more!!! (Horse ride from Hobbema to Wetaskiwin)
Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:00am in UTC-07 - Hobbema, Alberta:

Idle No More – Edmonton Alberta - ONE Heartbeat
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 10:30am until 2:00pm in UTC-07:


Boxing Day-FLASHMOB-Idle No More!!!!!
Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 1:00 pm - Winnipeg, MB, St Vital Centre:

Blockade-Idle No More - Long Plain highway 305 bridge
Friday, December 28, 2012 9:00am until 1:00pm in UTC-06 Long Plain, MB 305 highway bridge:
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Idle No More Rally in Portage La Prairie, MB
Friday, December 28, 2012 2:00pm until 4:00pm in UTC-06 - Portage La Prairie, MB:


Flash Round Dance ~ End Bill C-45
Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 1:00 pm - Kelowna, BC:

#idle No More Vancouver Island - Flash mob round dance
Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 11:00 am - VICTORIA, BC:
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" Idle No More " NCN Community Gathering on January 3rd, 2013
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 12:00pm until 2:00 pm – Port Alberni, BC:

#IdleNoMore VICTORIA: March and Rally
Saturday, Jan 26th, 2012 10:00 am until 2:00 pm – Victoria BC:


24 Hour Hunger Strike In Solidarity With Chief Spence

Idle No More - Write to Your local MP & PM Campaign (in French too - Traduction française ci-dessous)
Sunday, December 30, 2012 – Anywhere:

Idle No More: Turtle Island Movement - Border Blockade
Saturday, Jan 5th, 2013 – All of Canada:


"Idle No More" Flash Mob RoundDance-Animas Valley Mall, Farmington New Mexico
Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 6:00 pm MST – Farmington, New Mexico:
IDLE NO MORE Flash Mob - Lambton Mall

Thursday, Dec 27th 2012, 6:30 pm EST - Detroit:

Idle No More - Santa Rosa (Northern California)
Thursday, Dec 27th 2012, Santa Rosa, Northern California

Idle No More- Phoenix, AZ 12/29/12
Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:00pm in MST - Phoenix, AZ:

Next Seattle #IdleNoMore Action:
Spinning Wind Next one- Idle No More Seattle
December 29 at 1:00pm
Westlake Center in Seattle, Washington
(No link provided)

Denver, CO-Unity Round Dance
Saturday Dec 29, 2012 1:30 p.m Cherry Creek Mall – Denver, CO:

Oklahoma Natives Flash Mob Southern Style
Saturday, December 29, 2012 2:00pm in CST - Oklahoma
www.facebook.com/events/124906331007124/ (http://www.facebook.com/events/124906331007124/)

IDLE NO MORE!! Sacramento Native's Flash Mob
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 2:00pm until 5:00pm - SACRAMENTO:

Idle No More Flash Roundy-Minneapolis/St.paul
Saturday, Dec 29th, 2012 5 pm – Minneapolis and St. Paul:

IDLE NO MORE - Flash Round Dance imaa GAKAABIKAANG
Sunday, Dec 30th, 2012 6:00 pm CST – Minneapolis:

Arizona Natives New Year's Eve Flash Mob
Sunday, December 31, 2012 11:55pm in MST - Tempe, AZ:
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Idle No More Solidarity Protest International Falls, Mn Border Crossing.
Saturday, Jan 5th, 2013 – International Falls, MN Border Crossing:


24 Hour Hunger Strike In Solidarity With Chief Spence

Idle No More, London UK Solidarity Action
Monday, January 28, 2013 8:30am until 9:00am in UTC - LONDON, UK:

There's a google map of all the worldwide #IdleNoMore events and rallies scheduled, find your local rally below! Communities that have taken part now includes over 111 #idlenomore events in 90 places and growing! View the Google Map here >http://bit.ly/ZWzvNA (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FZWzvNA&h=WAQFEhexO&s=1)<
Map courtesy of the fantastic work of Tim Grows

If you're helping to organize a rally that isn't showing, please email the map admin below.- "If you are interested in collaborating on this map, have information you want shared on it, or want to email for any reason you can reach > timgrovesreports@gmail.com

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#idlenomore RoundDance FlashMobs happening EVERYWHERE in support of your First Nations brothers and sisters

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Idle No More Toronto On December 21. 2012 Over 1000 people took part in the Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance, Over 8 rows people deep stopped the busiest intersection in Canada @ Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto as part of the #IdleNoMore rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world.
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Idle No More FlashMob Took Over Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza shopping mall -Over 2000 people showed up on December 20, 2012 for an Idle No More Flashmob round dance.
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Idle No More Flash Mob in Lethbridge, Alberta,
December 21, 2012
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A round dance flash mob at West Edmonton Mall for Idle No More on December 18, 2012.
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IDLE NO MORE takes over Portage Place shopping Mall Flash Mob Round Dance - December 22, 2012
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#idlenomore flash mob round dance at the core (td square), downtown Calgary! - December 22, 2012
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#IDLENOMORE Round Dance @ Metrotown mall Dec 22, in Burnaby, BC on unceded Coast Salish Territories.
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Dec 22, 2012- Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance at Brandon Shopper's Mall Manitoba
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#Idle No More flash mob round dance in Billings, MT
December 22, 2012
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South Center Mall, Tukwila (Seattle) WA
December 22, 2012- 1300 strong!
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Idle No More is the most significant social movement of 2012. Idle No More was started by four aboriginal Saskatchewan women who are angry that the Harper government failed to consult with aboriginal leaders before amending and passing legislation that directly impacts aboriginal treaty rights and Canada’s protected waterways. Idle No More calls on all people to join them in solidarity which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/winter-fails-to-slow-idle-no-mores-momentum/article6699001/ (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnew s%2Fnational%2Fwinter-fails-to-slow-idle-no-mores-momentum%2Farticle6699001%2F&h=LAQGoCbZt&s=1)
http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_11.html (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fidlenomore1.blogspot.com%2Fp% 2Fblog-page_11.html&h=GAQEiUmwV&s=1)

Canada, it’s time. We need to fix this in our generation!

Contrary to what some media outlets are reporting, Chief Teresa Spence is is not only on a hunger strike "to protest Bill C-45 or even the deplorable treatment her community has received since declaring an national emergency last year. She has vowed to continue her hunger strike until the prime minister, the Queen or a representative, agrees to sit down in good faith with First Nations leaders to rebuild what has become a fractured and abusive relationship. She is staying in a tipi on Victoria Island, which sits below Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada."
http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/16/canada-its-time-we-need-to-fix-this-in-our-generation/ (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapihtawikosisan.com%2F2012%2F 12%2F16%2Fcanada-its-time-we-need-to-fix-this-in-our-generation%2F&h=wAQEVedEf&s=1)

"YOU Need to speak for Chief Theresa Spence! She has gone without food, she is too weak to speak for herself, so YOU must do it. Speak...Loudly...Now is not the time to be polite...Speak...Loudly...use your voice together...so that the world can hear you...go to the places where we are not allowed to go...Speak for her.....Amazing. They shut down the intersection! Chief Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike, she will not end it until she is dead, or until she can meet face to face with Stephen Harper to discuss the pain her people are feeling..."
http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.ca/2012/12/aerial-view-of-toronto-round-dance.html (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.idlenomore1.blogspot.ca%2 F2012%2F12%2Faerial-view-of-toronto-round-dance.html&h=bAQEUa9fS&s=1)

Everyone needs to watch and share Chief Teresa Spence's Message to all people -Interview with Chief Theresa Spence on December 21st, 2012 from the site of her hunger strike in Ottawa.
Video>>http://bit.ly/TgUZ3J (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FTgUZ3J&h=NAQE-uShc&s=1)<<

A powerful Native woman explains why Native people and allies are taking this action across Canada and the world!
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Message Via Chief Theresa Spence as she enters her 15th Day of her hunger strike "Chief is still strong, very much alive today - thank you Creator for giving us hope and reason to live! Unity and strength is key to success." AND "Chief celebrated xmas eve w family and friends. Chief wishes all a very Merry Xmas and sends her love. Follow >>http://twitter.com/ChiefTheresa (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FChiefTheresa&h=MAQFYotnN&s=1)

>On December 4th Canada had over 2 million protected lakes, and over 8,500 protected rivers.

>On December 5th Canada now has only 97 Protected lakes and 62 protected rivers. (90 per cent of the protected lakes are on 1% rich conservative territory) Thanks to Stephen Harper
>>Click here for facts>>http://on.fb.me/VwjDtM (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fon.fb.me%2FVwjDtM&h=XAQGDhN6l&s=1)

MUST READ: "Aaron Paquette, A First Nations artist does a wonderful job of highlighting why this is not just about our first Nations peoples. It is about EVERYONE in Canada:
http://www.aaronpaquette.net/?p=1260 (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aaronpaquette.net%2F%3Fp% 3D1260&h=sAQEqqWi-&s=1)

Why ‘Idle No More’ is gaining strength, and why all Canadians should care

"Spence’s hunger strike is not just about Attawapiskat. It is not just about housing or school funding. And it is not just about the omnibus budget Bill C-45, which eliminates federally protected waterways and facilitates the sale of reserve lands without consultation. It is about all of that and more. Spence’s hunger strike is part of the Idle No More movement, which, in a matter of days, has become the largest, most unified, and potentially most transformative Indigenous movement at least since the Oka resistance in 1990. The fundamental issue is the nation-to-nation treaty relationship with Indigenous peoples that Canadian governments repeatedly flout by passing legislation without free, prior and informed consent."
source: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1305420--why-idle-no-more-is-gaining-strength-and-why-all-canadians-should-care (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fopinion%2Fe ditorials%2Farticle%2F1305420--why-idle-no-more-is-gaining-strength-and-why-all-canadians-should-care&h=4AQGi_4Vx&s=1)

MUST READ: Chief Theresa Spence: I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With my Government http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chelsea-vowel/idle-no-more-first-nations_b_2279415.html (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.ca%2Fchels ea-vowel%2Fidle-no-more-first-nations_b_2279415.html&h=4AQGi_4Vx&s=1)

Download, share, distribute, add facts...whatever you want. This woman is a hero. For more info:
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http://www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/node/461 (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chiefs-of-ontario.org%2Fnode%2F461&h=0AQFThB0e&s=1)

Action Alert: Tell Harper You Support Idle No More and Chief Theresa Spence >>http://bit.ly/UWKUq5 (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FUWKUq5&h=iAQHCibX_&s=1)<<- Takes 30 seconds to make a difference! Fill the online auto form & tell Harper to meet with First Nations Leaders, include First Nations in decision-making, and observe and honour treaty rights. Hundreds of letters have been sent so far. Let's make it thousands, flood harper's email.

Public Response is voicing its support for the Idle No More movement and Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike through its petition urging Harper to meet with First Nations leaders.

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Magda Hassan
12-26-2012, 01:41 PM

Keith Millea
12-27-2012, 06:49 PM
Well,you have to start somewhere......:D


Portland dances also....


Magda Hassan
12-31-2012, 03:19 AM
No sign of the odious Harper.

Approximately 20 MPs accepted Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s invitation to meet with her Sunday afternoon in a teepee where she is holding firm to a hunger strike.
In an open invitation to MPs and senators, Spence welcomed politicians to her teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon. The chief is entering the third week of a hunger strike in hopes of persuading Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with her and other aboriginal leaders.
The chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation said she was “deeply humbled” by the outpouring of support she has received and she urged fellow First Nation leaders to demand action from the federal government.

Spence’s demonstration is one of many displays of support for the burgeoning Idle No More movement, which urges Canadian lawmakers to protect First Nations treaty rights. Supporters have pointed to worrisome health and safety conditions on reserves and a portion of the Conservative budget bill that omits federal oversight of waterways, a move that was made without consulting aboriginal groups."This is a call to arms and a call to action in the most peaceful and respective way that reflects our natural laws as Indigenous nations," she said in the statement. "First Nations leadership need to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement. We need to re-ignite that nation-to-nation relationship based on our inherent and constitutionally protected rights as a sovereign nation. We are demanding our rightful place back, here in our homelands, that we all call Canada."
At the heart of Idle No More debate is the assertion that Ottawa has excluded First Nations leaders from discussions on Canada’s natural resources, and other issues related to treaty obligations.
Toronto Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett was among the visitors, and tweeted a photo from her visit with Spence, writing that it was “humbling and moving” to be meeting with the Attawapiskat leader.
A number of visitors raised concerns about Spence’s health. The Attawapiskat chief stopped eating solid food on Dec. 11 and has restricted her diet to lemon water, fish broth and medicine teas.
"She's a very determined woman and she's heard the message from others that she's done what people think she needed to do, but she noted that the prime minister has not talked to anyone, or put out a message that he is willing to meet with leaders, and that's all she's asking for," New Democrat MP Paul Dewar told The Canadian Press on Sunday.
Fellow New Democrat Craig Scott said the hunger strike is beginning to take a clear physical toll.
"She's very peaceful in her demeanour, but that goes along with being quite weak now," Scott said. "She talks about sleeping more than she had earlier, in the first two weeks.”
Earlier Sunday, a large group of drummers, dancers and others gathered in Toronto’s Eaton Centre to show their solidarity with Spence.
Demonstrators also gathered by Harper’s Calgary constituency office and a demonstration had been planned outside Alberta’s legislature in Edmonton.
Organizers have stressed that the demonstrations, taking place across the country, are to be peaceful.
Various Idle No More rallies and demonstrations also took place in the United States.
Previous Idle No More protests have included a blockade of a CN Rail line in Sarnia, Ont. and a massive demonstration that drew roughly 1,000 people to Parliament Hill. An earlier flash mob attracted aboriginal dancers and singers to the New Sudbury Centre shopping mall.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is among a growing chorus of people who have asked Chief Spence to abandon her fast and accept a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. Spence has so far rejected the invitation.
Previously, Chief Spence also declined a meeting with Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, an Algonquin who has encouraged the chief to respect “process” and call off her hunger strike.
However, Spence has been visited in recent days by Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Joe Clark.
In a statement issued after their meeting, Clark said he was concerned that relations between Canada and its First Nations were heading in a “dangerous direction.”
Even so, Clark said he found Spence’s ambitions to be “humble and achievable.”
“My experience has been that direct and honest dialogue is always useful and sometimes essential, particularly in dealing with issues as complex and multi-faceted as the relations between First Nations and Canada,” he said in the statement.
Clark said friends in the First Nations community had encouraged him to meet with Spence and National AFN Chief Shawn Atleo managed to secure an invitation for him.
With files from The Canadian Press

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/mps-meet-hunger-striking-attawapiskat-chief-health-concerns-mount-1.1095806#ixzz2Gb067sz2

Keith Millea
01-02-2013, 10:03 PM

Keith Millea
01-03-2013, 08:51 PM
Published on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-devaney/idle-no-more-the-beauty-o_b_2393053.html)

Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement

by Jacob Devaney (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/author/jacob-devaney)

What started as a murmur in early October from First Nations People in Canada in response to Bill C45 has become a movement that echoes the sentiments of people all over the world, a battle cry of love for the planet, "Idle No More." At first glance it might appear that this movement is isolated and doesn't effect you if you are not native or if you don't live in Canada, yet it does. It may appear that this resistance is not related to The Occupy Movement, The Arab Spring, The Unify Movement, Anonymous, or any of the other popular uprisings sparked by social unrest, but it is.

At its very core, all of these movements have very common threads and are born from common issues facing people everywhere. Those who represent financial interests that value money over life itself, that are devoid of basic respect for human decency, and for nature have dictated the future for too long and people everywhere are standing up to say, "No more." This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of governments around the world.

Flashmobs with dancing and drumming at a malls in Olympia, Wash. Tempe, Ariz., Denver, Colo., a giant circle dance blocking a large intersection in Winnipeg, rail blockades in Quebec, this movement is using cultural expression combined with modern activism to get attention, and it is working. From their website, "Idle No More (http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/) calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.

Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water."

Idle No More was started in October by four ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was "urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects First Nations people but the rest of Canada's citizens, lands and waters."
On December 11 Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence launched a hunger strike requesting a face-to-face meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss broken treaties and protection of natural resources. Spence is staying in a teepee on the frozen Ottawa River facing Parliament Hill and has gained the support from many natives and non-natives who are in solidarity with this movement.

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse from South Dakota recently expressed his support in a letter posted on Facebook that states, "As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, I would like to send out support for the efforts of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, for giving of herself through fasting with prayers for the protection of Mother Earth." He goes on to say,
This effort to protect Mother Earth is all Humanity's responsibility, not just Aboriginal People. Every human being has had Ancestors in their lineage that understood their umbilical cord to the Earth, understanding the need to always protect and thank her. Therefore, all Humanity has to re-connect to their own Indigenous Roots of their lineage -- to heal their connection and responsibility with Mother Earth and become a united voice... All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

Society and nature work in similar ways to our own body's immune system. We are given a symptom that causes us to be aware that there is an illness that needs to be addressed. We can try to suppress the symptom, but that does not heal the illness. Popular uprisings with very core commonalities are spreading all over the planet. Exploitation of our environment, as well as the exploitation of people and cultures for the sake of financial gain is immoral and must be stopped at the highest levels of our governments. It is possible to have a thriving economy and environmental ethics.

It is a simple choice: continue to be part of the cancer that slowly destroys our water, our air and the resources that are the fabric of life by staying unconscious, or become the conscious antidote that slowly kills the cancerous disease which threatens the existence of life on the planet.

Here in America, the response to Occupy is tucked into NDAA as Washington prepares ways to suppress the symptoms of social discord. Without addressing the illness at its root nothing will change. It is like the mythical Many-Headed Hydra, if you cut one head off, two more will grow back. Popular uprisings will continue here and all over the world until leaders understand that people want real fundamental change in policy. Governments should lead by example if they want to be respected.

With Twitter, Facebook and the internet, these separate movements are finding solidarity with each other and converging as a global super-movement for the planet and all people. The quote used at Unify (http://www.unify.org/) is, "Everyone, Everywhere, Together" and it is beginning to resonate more than ever.

Each of these movements share a commitment to non-violent revolution in their call to end the exploitation of people and the exploitation of natural resources. Sustainability can be applied to all aspects of social rights, economics and the environment. Social, economic, cultural, and environmental movements, resistance, civil disobedience, flash mobs and more will continue until this is addressed at home and abroad. Whether it is Anonymous and Wikileaks exposing the corruption of governments, or Indians with drums dancing and chanting in a local mall, people everywhere are awakening, speaking up, and acting for the needed changes. It's time for politicians and religious leaders to get the message everywhere.

It is a simple choice: continue to be part of the cancer that slowly destroys our water, our air and the resources that are the fabric of life by staying unconscious, or become the conscious antidote that slowly kills the cancerous disease which threatens the existence of life on the planet. Is the disease capitalism, corruption, ignorance, greed, The Illuminati, or some combination of all of these things spiralling out of control? It doesn't matter because it is becoming obvious that there are people from all nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds who are determined to resist the progression of imminent destruction. A factory producing monkey wrenches for the gears of the machine which is at the center of our collective demise.

Will the leaders wake up to this in order to play the roles they have sworn to uphold or will they further discredit their position, their institutions, and help to destroy the very systems that they have been entrusted to maintain? Every time Congress represents the will of a few wealthy people over the interests and the well-being of the planet and the people, they do more to subvert and destroy the state than ten thousand people protesting in the streets.

When leaders fail, they destroy the trust that holds society together.

Is Harper cold and callous enough to ignore a constituent on hunger strike a short distance from his office? Can he afford to ignore these issues? Can any of us afford to ignore this call to be idle no more?

Take a moment and listen to the eloquent words of an 11-year-old girl in the video below. If a child can understand this, how come world leaders are still silent on making real changes to address these urgent issues?


Please support Idle No More (http://idlenomore.com/), learn more about the movement, how it effects all of us and get involved. All of our futures depend on it.

© 2012 Huffington Post
https://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imagecache/author_photo/prof-pict-jacob.jpg (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/author/jacob-devaney)
Jacob Devaney is Founder and Director of Culture Collective (http://www.culturecollective.org/).


Keith Millea
01-07-2013, 07:53 PM
Published on Monday, January 7, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org/)

'Idle No More' Prepares for Global Day of Action

First Nations' fight for indigenous rights to hit worldwide-

With worldwide support growing for Canada's First Nations' Idle No More protest movement, protest organizers around the world are preparing this week for a Global Day of Action (https://www.facebook.com/events/461884363867603/?ref=22&suggestsessionid=58092671357577727) scheduled for Friday, January 11th.

The day will coincide with a scheduled meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders—including Chief Theresa Spence whose hunger strike, which began roughly one month ago, sparked the mass movement for indigenous rights.

The group has called (http://culturite.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/j11-idle-no-more-global-day-of-action/) upon communities around the world to organize under the motto: "Anything. Everything. Anywhere. Everywhere." The demonstrations will be designed to show "support for the rising global Indigenous Peoples Movement by taking action in your community."

Using the twitter hashtag #J11 (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23J11&src=typd), the group is asking organizers to spread the word and widely promote their actions in order to raise international awareness about indigenous rights around the world.
A statement (https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity) from the group reads:
The goal is to raise the profile of the movement, demonstrate our global presence, and give visibility to the growing momentum as a peoples’ movement first.

As only a few AFN-determined representatives will be chosen to participate in the meeting with Harper, it will be important to show that the rest of the movement stands united with one voice, that it is not going anywhere, and that we here to demonstrate the strength and resurgence of our nations.

January 11 will also be in honour of Chief Theresa Spence to mark the 1-month anniversary of her hunger strike. As well as to honour the other chiefs and elders who have been on hunger strike with her.

All nations and all people from around the world are invited to join in celebrating and affirming their support for what is happening and the need to keep things moving forward together.

After mounting pressure, including the singular demand of Spence's hunger strike, Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally agreed (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/06/canadian-pm-first-nations-protests) to meet with Indigenous leaders on Jan. 11. Sure to be discussed will be Canada's recent Bill C-45, which the group says undermines previously agreed to treaties between Canada and First Nations leaders and subsequently does great damage to Canada's pristine environment.

Seattle gathering:



Keith Millea
01-10-2013, 06:28 PM
Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Rabble.ca (http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/daniel-wilson/2013/01/justice-will-remain-absent)

With or Without Harper, Justice Will Remain Absent

by Daniel Wilson (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/author/daniel-wilson)

While the saga of who will attend tomorrow's meeting between Harper government representatives and First Nations leaders continues, we can be certain that justice will be absent.

For obvious reasons, there will be no justice for the Inuit, as they will not be represented. Nor will there be any justice for the Métis and non-status Indians, who this week won a court battle to have the federal government recognize its obligations toward them, because they aren’t at the table either.

And despite having representatives in the room, there will be no justice for First Nations, nor for Canada.

Socrates, according to Plato, argued that the idea of justice could not be reduced merely to that which is to the advantage of the stronger. With possibly one brief exception, no federal government in this country’s history has accepted the idea that justice was any less than whatever it could get away with when it comes to Indigenous peoples. The current Government of Canada is no exception. It does what it can get away with doing and having done that, it tries for more. That is why we’re in this mess.

Since before confederation, Canada has pursued a single policy objective vis à vis Indigenous peoples; make them go away by making them like everyone else. The titles of early legislation made this obvious, such as An Act to encourage the gradual Civilization of the Indian Tribes in this Province (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradual_Civilization_Act), and to amend the Laws respecting Indians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradual_Civilization_Act). Bureaucrats like Duncan Campbell Scott (http://en/wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Campbell_Scott) also were clear about it, famously admitting that, "Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question, and no Indian Department." And while they would avoid these exact words, what member of today’s cabinet would disagree with the sentiment that, “The happiest future for the Indian race is absorption into the general population, and this is the object and policy of our government”?

It is this insistence on following the same failed strategy generation after generation that underlies the frustration we now see manifest on the streets. When you hear Indigenous people talk about the treaty relationship, nation-to-nation dialogue and respect, understand this means completely reversing the entirety of Canada’s policy approach to date. It is an inversion at a philosophical level, which is why it is so difficult for people to see.

The current Prime Minister claimed to understand once. “Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=2146) was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country,” he said. Either he misunderstood his own words or he didn’t mean it. Nothing has changed.
A government that wants to assimilate Indigenous people would go after their rights, certainly, but the real fight comes when they go after more land.

In an ongoing effort to deny Indigenous rights, Canada’s ironically named Department of Justice spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year in court. The appeal it inevitably will launch against this week’s decision in Daniels v. The Queen is one example. The ongoing fight to prevent the Canadian Human Rights Commission from even hearing the merits of the case on First Nations child welfare discrimination is another. A recent book (http://www.amazon.com/Resource-Rulers-Fortune-Canadas-Resources/dp/0988056909) adds up over 150 court cases that First Nations have won concerning resource extraction.

The government’s method is always the same, fight as hard as possible at every step, lose, interpret the decision as narrowly as possible, and fight the next case on the same issues in the same way. The purpose is to exhaust the funding and energy of the opponent while continuing to exploit the resources. That accomplished, you can then claim that the pursuit of traditional livelihoods makes no sense anymore because all the trap lines have been bulldozed and the fish poisoned. Therefore, nearby reserves are unviable and should be abandoned. Which conveniently leaves them available for more plunder. That’s Canada’s version of justice.

And to point to just one legislative initiative by way of example, the Harper government -- adopting a Tom Flanagan proposal (see yesterday’s discussion (http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/daniel-wilson/2013/01/stephen-harper-prepares-fail-his-biggest-test-pm) of Flanagan) -- promises to “give” First Nations property rights. First Nations citizens already have the right to buy land off reserve, same as everyone else. With this legislation, they gain the right to use reserve land-- their communally held homelands -- as collateral, while they stand to lose everything that hasn’t been taken already. It means placing First Nations lands at risk of purchase or foreclosure by non-band members. That leads to the destruction of communities as the land disappears, just as it did in the U.S. when they introduced the Dawes Act. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act)

Progress relies on Canadians understanding the fundamental nature of this conflict so that they can respond to the change it demands. Assimilation policy hasn’t worked yet -- for anyone -- and it never will. Indigenous people will not just disappear into mainstream Canada. Their legal rights cannot be willed away and will not be drained away by lawyers or more legislation. They will remain wedded to the land.

A new relationship, based in respect, reflecting the original nation-to-nation relationship can work, but both sides need to try, honestly and wholeheartedly, at last.

Until that happens, there will be no justice. And, as Idle No More protesters have been chanting: no justice, no peace.

© 2013 Daniel Wilson


Keith Millea
01-10-2013, 07:48 PM
A BIG day of action tomorrow.The weather here in the Northwest right now is cold, rain, and snow.Hopefully supporters can still produce large turnouts for Canadian First Nations.


Say What...Cold Rain and Snow!..Just Had To.. :peace:


Keith Millea
01-11-2013, 06:58 PM
The weather has cleared.Actions will be happening.I'll try to find a livestream somewhere.

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org/)

#J11: Idle No More's Global Day of Action

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

A movement spawned by First Nation activists over indigenous rights and environmental protections in Canada has spread far and wide as Idle No More (http://www.idlenomore.ca/)'s Global Day of Action spurred solidarity demonstrations across the country and worldwide Friday.

“The goal is to raise the profile of the movement, demonstrate our global presence, and give visibility to the growing momentum as a people’s movement first,” one solidarity group announced (http://www.thenation.com/blog/172150/idle-no-more-global-protests-indigenous-rights#)on Facebook post for an event.

A major rally in Ottawa occurred as a meeting between First Nation leaders and the representatives from the Canadian government began at Parliament Hill.

Live Stream from Ottowa (via CTV):

The Idle No More movement swelled to international prominence over the last month as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, now on the 32nd day of a hunger strike, gave voice to anger over new government laws that undermined long-standing agreements with First Nations.

Though some leaders agreed to attend (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/11/pol-first-nations-spence-pm-gg-talks-friday.html) a "nation to nation" meeting between First Nation Chiefs, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston, Spence is boycotting the meeting saying it does not meet her demands.

Despite some evidence of friction between some First Nation leaders, the Idle No More movement has in some regards outgrown specific earlier demands as a broader movement for indigenous and environmental rights has grown up around it.

Elsewhere in Canada, British Columbia protesters are expected to set up a blockade at the Port of Vancouver and later will march on City Hall. Demonstrations are also expected today in many other major cities, including Winnipeg, Calgary and Lethbridge, Alta.

As part of the international day of action, aboriginal people are being encouraged not to buy anything Friday unless they do so on a reserve, CBC reports. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/11/idle-no-more-protests.html)

Rallies are planned on campuses and other cultural sites around the country, including at the University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University, the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Native Education Centre in Vancouver.

The US is one of many countries participating in #J11 Global Day of Action events in which solidarity actions have been planned in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.


Keith Millea
01-16-2013, 09:39 PM
Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org/)

Champions of 'Idle No More' Stage Blockades Across Canada

Demonstrators and spin-off protests undeterred by mild divisions within fast-growing movement

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Though not officially sanctioned by the Idle No More (http://idlenomore.ca/) campaign, First Nations chiefs and activists have picked up the momentum and are rallying across Canada Wednesday as part of a national day of action in solidarity with the ongoing environmental and indigenous rights campaign.

A protestor holds a flag aloft and an Idle No More spinoff protest in Cayuga, Ontario on Jan. 16. (Photo via @CBCHamilton)

Chiefs unsatisfied with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s slow response to First Nations demands have declared the day to assert their rights and hopefully hasten official recognition and legislative action.

Demonstrations, round dances and rallies occurred across Canada while roadblocks of local railway lines and a large demonstration at North America's busiest border crossing have also been confirmed.

"We're sending the message very clearly with the railway blockade that [there's] going to be no more stolen property being sold until such time that they come to the table and deal with the original owners," said Terry Nelson, a former chief of the Roseau River First Nation in southern Manitoba.

APTN National News reported (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11595822&l=3704878c27&id=125809458771) Wednesday: "Rail blockaders in Manitoba. CN confirms regional traffic has been shut down."https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/3093457864/b368d2dda27ef86a3dbc175fef064798_normal.png anon2world @anon2world (https://twitter.com/anon2world)

Rail blockaders in Manitoba. CN confirms regional traffic has been shut down. fb.me/21aVHcafB (http://t.co/ZrgUcOje) #IdleNoMore (https://twitter.com/search/%23IdleNoMore) #YAN (https://twitter.com/search/%23YAN)
Also, the Global News announced earlier (http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/idle+no+more+railway+blockades+planned/6442789638/story.html):
Posts on social media Wednesday morning called on supporters to meet at the Red Sun Smoke Shop and Gas Bar just northwest of Winnipeg to join a convoy headed to the intersection of the Trans-Canada and the Yellowhead highways near Portage la Prairie. A blockade of a railway near the intersection is planned.

Occupy Carlisle (@occupycarlisle) tweeted (https://twitter.com/OCCUPYCARLISLE/status/291627442249015297): "Via Rail says blockade between Belleville, Ont. and Kingston, Ont. has forced company to stop trains #IdleNoMore"

Another large grassroots group led an "economic slowdown," targeting the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich.

Organizer Lorena Garvey-Shepley was clear to point out the action was "not a blockade," adding, "we don’t want to inconvenience people too much. But we want to be in places that are going to get us noticed and allow us to get our information out."

MT @jvrCTV (https://twitter.com/jvrCTV): #IdleNoMore (https://twitter.com/search/%23IdleNoMore) protest blocking US bound traffic at Windsor-Detroit crossing. May be moving off road now pic.twitter.com/kj8ETJuR (http://t.co/kj8ETJuR)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAv_zciCMAAknI2.jpg (https://twitter.com/CTVNationalNews/statuses/291611197290196993)
16 Jan 13 (https://twitter.com/CTVNationalNews/statuses/291611197290196993)
Organizers held a "peaceful walk" towards the bridge concluding with a rally at the base on the Canadian side.

Organizers reiterated that today's actions are expected to be peaceful though protesters are prepared to get arrested.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabaska Chipewyan First Nation said that if the indigenous movement's demands are not recognized soon, more dramatic actions, including roadblocks, can be expected.

"The people are upset with the current state of affairs in this country and things are escalating towards more direct action," he said. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/16/idle-no-more-lookahead.html)

Across Canada, protestors marched the streets—often blocking traffic—banging drums and carrying banners blatantly displaying "Idle No More."
#idlenomore (https://twitter.com/search/%23idlenomore) protest in Sarnia by Aamjiwnanng - about 100 including kids from local daycare asking for clean air pic.twitter.com/Xk9w8epx (http://t.co/Xk9w8epx)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAwPvXMCcAIKV7i.jpg (https://twitter.com/HeatherNWright1/statuses/291625382216626176)
16 Jan 13 (https://twitter.com/HeatherNWright1/statuses/291625382216626176)
More pictures from today's actions can be seen here. (http://www.rightnow.io/breaking-news/idlenomore-cdnpoli-australia_bn_1356712372332.html)

CBC News has listed a partial overview (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/16/idle-no-more-lookahead.html) of the solidarity actions planned for Wednesday.


Though inspired by the Idle No More movement, Wednesday's actions—particularly the bridge and street blockades—highlighted protest tactics not condoned by the campaign's founders, marking potential divisions as the movement grows beyond itself.

“If you have an impromptu blockade that doesn’t follow the legal permits, then you’re irritating the public and that’s not the purpose behind Idle No More,” said (http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/idle+no+more+co-founder+distances+movement+from+planned+blockades/6442789637/story.html)Sylvia McAdam, one of the movement’s four originators. “A lot of our children and elders are involved in the [Idle No More] activities, so their safety is our priority.”

The movement leaders are instead focusing on a Jan. 28 Idle No More International Call-to-Action (http://idlenomore.ca/index.php/component/k2/item/87-#j28&Itemid=263) during which they will protest (http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/idle+no+more+co-founder+distances+movement+from+planned+blockades/6442789637/story.html)at Ottawa's Parliament Hill as "MPs return to the legislature after their winter break."

In a recent interview, McAdam specified that, despite heavy media attention given to co-founder Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's recent hunger strike, Idle No More has no one leader, saying: (http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/idle+no+more+co-founder+distances+movement+from+planned+blockades/6442789637/story.html)
The grassroots movement of Idle No More is the face of all grassroots people...The founders might be considered guides or maintaining the vision, but Idle No More has no leader or official spokesperson.

A recent press release on the Official Idle No More website (http://idlenomore.ca/) echoed this sentiment:
This movement has been guided by Spiritual Elders, dreams, visions, and from peoples’ core values. We are here to ensure the land, the waters, the air, and the creatures and indeed each of us, return to balance and discontinue harming each other and the earth.

January 11th's official Day of Action (https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/11-2) and meeting between First Nation leaders and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper exposed a rift in leadership when Idle No More leaders, namely Chief Spence, rejected the meeting on the basis it did not meet their demands while and number of other Chiefs partook despite the protest.

A poll on the official Idle No More (http://idlenomore.ca/) website asks "Do you think the media is playing up the perceived divisions within IDM?"

The poll will run for a month, but thus far (http://idlenomore.ca/index.php/component/mijopolls/poll/1-do-you-think-media-is-playing-up-the-perceived-divisions-within-idm) readers have responded 56 percent voted 'Yes, we are stronger than ever!', 14 percent responded 'I'm not sure' while 30 percent said 'No, there are divisions and the media is playing it just right.'


Keith Millea
01-25-2013, 07:45 PM
Published on Friday, January 25, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org/)

Unified First Nation Leaders Vow to 'Seize the Moment' in Fight for Rights

Canadian government agrees to recognize indigenous rights, ending chief's 43-day hunger strike

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

First Nations leaders vowed Thursday to keep up the pressure on the federal government as they declared that the grassroots indigenous-rights Idle No More (http://idlenomore.ca/)campaign was both unified and hear to stay.

Alex Rogers wears a grass dance headdress near a railway blockade line in Sarnia, Ont. in December. (Photo: Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

"Make no mistake, the energy that's coming from our people is not going anywhere," said (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/24/pol-spence-ceremony-thursday.html)national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo, who just returned from a medical leave, in a press conference Thursday.

Referring to the increased pressure on the Canadian government to recognize the universal issues of individual sovereignty and environmental protections which have underscored the movement's focus, Atleo continued:
It's not only a single person in the prime minister. It's the fact that this country is now recognizing that we need to address the issues and the relationship between First Nations and Canada, and there's some shared objectives.

[The status quo is] not working not only for First Nations, it's not working for Canadians and it's not working for governments. And so we need to with great haste seize on this moment and say that we're not going to let it go by.

Atleo was one of the First Nations leaders who held a "working meeting (https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/11-2)" with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on January 11, despite boycott by some chiefs—including Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence—because the meeting did not include Canadian Governor General David Johnston.

Touching upon the conflict, he added, "On principles of substance, we are unified."
A spokesperson for Spence seconded Atleo's statement Thursday, also vowing that the struggle will continue.

Earlier that day, Spence and Manitoba elder Raymond Robinson ended their 43-day hunger strike after representatives from the Assembly of First Nations and various governmental groups endorsed a declaration of specific commitments "to undertake political, spiritual and all other advocacy efforts to implement a renewed First Nations - Crown relationship," including full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), CBC reports. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/24/pol-spence-ceremony-thursday.html)

A full text of the agreement can be read here. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2013/01/full-text-of-declaration-that-will-end-attawapiskat-chiefs-six-week-protest.html)

Going forward, movement leaders are planning an Idle No More World Day of Action (http://idlenomore.ca/index.php/about-us/press-releases) on

Monday, January 28 (#J28) during which they will "peacefully protest attacks on Democracy, Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights and Environmental Protections" as Canadian Members of Parliament convene at the House of Commons in Ottawa.

Also, demonstrating the reach and international resonance of the campaign, major flash mobs are planned (http://www.thenation.com/blog/172410/chief-spence-hospitalized-ending-hunger-strike#) for this Saturday by supporters in the US and Australia.