How the Idle No More movement started and where it might go from here

27 Dec

A story that cannot go unpublished on BiteSizeCanada …

National Post | News

In this occasional feature, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue. Today, Tristin Hopper gets to the bottom of the Aboriginal protest movement Idle No More.

What exactly is Idle No More?

Conceived in November by four Saskatchewan women frustrated with the Tories’ latest omnibus budget bill, Idle No More is a First Nations protest movement looking to obtain renewed government guarantees for treaty agreements and halt what organizers see as a legislative erosion of First Nations rights. The movement’s most visible spokeswoman is Theresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, the Northern Ontario reserve struck by an emergency housing crisis last year. Since Dec. 11, Ms. Spence has been on a hunger strike while camped on an Ottawa River island only a few hundred metres from Parliament Hill, vowing not to eat until she has secured a meeting with Prime Minister…

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3 responses to “How the Idle No More movement started and where it might go from here

  1. mytiturk

    December 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This article hides the fact that vast amounts of native land were never ceded to colonizing authorities. It, cleverly, creates the impression of fairness and telling us “all we need to know” about this issue. Typical NP tactics.
    Further reading:

  2. Maren

    December 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for posting this – I came over to see your blog because you commented on the Epiphany Call to worship. have several First Nations folks that are regular contributors to my blog so I have been watching from the south with concern and with enthusiasm.

    • tkmorin

      December 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks and you’re welcome! I think it’s important too! 🙂


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