“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.”
What started as a First Nations movement in occupied territories of Canada, has quickly spread across colonial borders. More than 1,300 Natives have answered the Idle No More call to action in a Round Dance Flash Mob in Seattle on December, 22, 2012, and hundreds at similar actions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shiprock, Phoenix, Flagstaff and many more cities across the so-called U.S. in recent days.
Social media has been emphasized as a strategic vehicle for decentralized mobilizations. Search #idlenomore for more info and upcoming actions in your area or better yet, organize one in your community!
Ahni at Intercontinentalcry.org says, “…#idlenomore isn’t just a protest movement or some silly social media trend as the government calls it. It’s an awakening of consciousness, a resurgence, a platform that is bringing all of us together against a common foe. And it’s not just the “usual suspects” leading the charge, it’s everyone, including those of us who have never taken a real interest in politics.” Read more here. (http://intercontinentalcry.org/idle-know-more-films-to-strengthen-the-idle-no-more-movement-in-canada/)
Beyond flash mob styled actions some communities such as Aamjiwnaang have established a blockade of Candian National Rail Line in support of the Idle No More movement. From the blockade news release: “Aamjiwnaang Citizens are indicating they will continue the blockade until Chief Teresa Spence is granted a meeting with Prime Minister Harper, and there is recognition of the historical injustice inflicted upon the community.”
From the Idle No More news release: “Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people. The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something. It became very evident that the women MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system. They began with a piece of legislation called Bill C-45 which attacked the land base reserved for Indigenous people.”
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