Idle No More

  • Idle No More fight continues after tough 12 months

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: DID News

    A year after 1st national day of action, activist vows to push for change

    By Ryan McMahon 

    The other day, during one of our famous Winnipeg winter storms, I watched dozens of parents pull their kids to school on plastic sleds and overpriced toboggans and I thought to myself, “those kids have legs — what the hell are they doing being pulled to school by their parents.”


    These kids weren’t babies. They weren’t even toddlers. They were grade school kids. Grade school kids with legs.

    I heard the parents joke about the fact that dragging their kids to school was the “toughest thing they’d do all day.” I don’t have an anger problem, in general, but I walked home that day fuming.


    I’m not sure what triggered the anger. My thoughts on parenting aside — it really bothered me that I felt so angry.

    It bothered me that I had such a reaction to such a small thing. I smudged on it. Slept on it. Prayed on it.

    A day or so later it came to me.

    I am tired.

    So many indigenous people in Canada are tired. The hardest thing we face in our communities daily is not dragging our kids to school in sleds and toboggans. The list grows daily. The answers elude us. The frustration grows.

    Elsipogtog. LubiconCree Nation. Attawapiskat. Northern Manitoba. The fight for our women, The flight for our children. Poverty. Addictions. These are just some of the hardest things we face in our daili lives.

    The support wanes. The players change. The teams stay the same. And we fight. And fight.

    It’s been a long year. An intense year of focus. Growth. A year of being Idle No More. A year of rebuilding. It’s been beautiful. And ugly. Every day is a struggle. We live in crisis. We work in crisis.

    Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence gave us the strength to demand a better deal. To sit at the table with all partners in this relationship. Her demand was simple — indigenous communities, government and the Crown together at a table. It easily could have happened — but it didn’t.

    The takeaway from a year in the movement — we need to do things differently. We can do things differently.

    The conversation has changed this year. Our youth are more engaged on the ground. Our women are taking their rightful places at the front of much of the grassroots planning.

    As hard as the fight is, it’s given us much to focus on.

    The land is my god

    Let me put it this way - the land is my god. All the land gives me, from my traditional territory, is what I use to keep me well.

    The land, water, plants and animals are all present at my ceremonies. We don’t separate ourselves from the land.


    Why do we fight for the land? For practical reasons — yes. Dirty water kills us. Poisoned fish kill us. Clear cutting destroys ecosystems.

    But it's also bigger than that. My religious beliefs depend on the land, ise the land and without that, I cannot be Anishinaabe.

    Treaty relationship and Indian Act

    Treaty is not honoured today in this country and it cannot be honoured inside the Indian Act system. We must not settle for anything less than treaty enforcement.


    We will continue to lead ourselves out from under the Indian Act. The colonial relationship has to change. It’s fundamental. We need Canadians to demand it. We need indigenous people to demand it.

    This outdated, racist and oppressive legislation was meant to kill Indian people in this country. Law and legislation was never written for idigenous people to flourish. It was meant to kill us.

    We don’t want the Indian Act tinkered with — we want it gone.

    Decolonize everything

    We need to remind ourselves that we don’t need permission from any government or politician to be Anishinaabe, Nehiyaw, Mohawk, Mi’kmaq, Metis, Inuit. We can live this way everyday.


    Not all of us understand what this means. It means language, culture, ceremony and teachings. It means returning to ourselves. It means calling for an end to the violence in our communities — violence experienced in multiple ways by our women, children, men, and elders in our communities.

    We must restore the love and support in our relationships.

    'I vow to continue to fight'

    The largest indigenous movement in this country is in front of us. Yes, it’s still a movement. We’re still working. We’re still pushing. We’re still asking people to join the fight.


    We have a lot to do. Most people have more questions than answers. Some of the answers are there. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are decent places to start to look for answers.

    I vow to continue to fight. I will take my place in the circle and fight.

    I’m going to continue the fight with a sled in my hand though. I’m going out to buy one today. I want my daughters to feel the privilege and entitlement those other kids have if not for just a few minutes a day. They deserve it. And hopefully when they’re my age the fight won’t be as hard.



    uploaded date: 17-12-2013

  • Supporting the Actions of Indigenous Peoples

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: DID News

    Idle No More & Defenders of the Land Support the Actions of Indigenous Peoples of Elsipogtog, Barriere Lake & Lubicon Lake Nation to Protect Their Waters, Lands & Forests

    Idle No More and Defenders of the Land networks call on Indigenous Peoples and Canadians to support Indigenous Nations currently engaged in protecting their lands and waters against the corporate-sponsored agendas of the federal and provincial governments. 

    In the past month, the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and the Cree of Lubicon Lake Nation have been involved in land protection struggles to defend against invasive extractive natural resource development (natural gas exploration, drilling for oil & natural gas/fracking and clear cut logging) taking place on their territories without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

    In each of these land struggles, there are people camping and protecting lands outside in extreme winter weather conditions before the holidays to keep industry activity at bay. Despite weather dipping to -30º C on some days, men, women, children and Elders continue to protect the land to ensure their grandchildren and future generations have something left for their sustenance and livelihood.

    We condemn the collusion between the Federal/Provincial governments and corporations who work together to implement economic development plans and activities that disregard the Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights held by Indigenous Peoples.

    Sylvia McAdam, an Idle No More organizer stated "we are against shale gas exploration and fracking. We do not support puppet regimes that endorse extractive industry natural resource development on Indigenous lands. We support the FPIC of the Indigenous People's impacted by extractive resource development on their Indigenous lands."

    Russell Diabo, a member of the Defenders of the Land network, added "the Lubicon Lake Nation protectors are rights holders and are to be commended for their personal sacrifice in camping in the bitter cold to stop unauthorized oil and natural gas development on their traditional lands."

    "The Canadian and provincial government's current energy and mining policies are designed to destroy the environment. If they are genuinely interested in reshaping Canada's energy policy in a positive direction they must recognize and affirm Aboriginal and Treaty Rights on the ground," said Arthur Manuel, a member of the Defenders of the Land network.

    [Note: Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are Networks of Indigenous Peoples/Communities and Canadians who are committed to protecting the environment, waters and lands while promoting the sovereignty and rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nations.]

    SOURCE Idle No More




    uploaded date: 17-12-2013

  • Idle No More: Let’s celebrate together!

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Montréal, June 19, 2013 – Idle No More Québec and the Cercle des Premières Nations de l’UQÀM invite you to join the grand festive demonstration “Idle No More: Let’s celebrate together!” this Friday June 21st in Montréal in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.


    uploaded date: 20-06-2013

  • Canada’s Resource-Sector Success May Hinge on Aboriginal Ties

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    The Wall Street Journal

    By Paul Vieira

    First Nations protestors take part in an “Idle No More” demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in January.

    The success of Canada’s resource sector may hinge on its ability to build ties with the country’s indigenous people.

    Canada has an abundance of natural resources, but its ability to fully capitalize on them could be in jeopardy if more isn’t done to quell growing unrest among young natives over disenfranchisement, which played out in widespread protests earlier this year, an Ottawa think tank concluded Wednesday.

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s findings, released in two papers Wednesday, come months after a series of native protests — dubbed the Idle No More movement — blocked rail lines and highways to voice displeasure over government initiatives related to resources development. The groups argue that  some initiatives, while promoting development, water down the environmental laws that protect their communities. The protests were among the most widespread by native groups in recent years.

    The future of Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry Alberta crude to the Pacific Coast for Asian-bound tankers, is also uncertain in part due to opposition from native groups which exert control over land the pipeline would be built on.

    “The demonstrations associated with Idle No More spring from real frustrations and must not be dismissed as the protestations of a small number of radicals or angry people,” say the authors, which include the think tank’s managing director, Brian Lee Crowley.

    Among the demands native leaders made at the height of the Idle No More protests was a bigger share of riches from resource development, often found adjacent to aboriginal communities. The authors note there are instances where mining companies and oil and gas explorers have struck agreements with local aboriginal leaders, with varying success. More must be done on this front, the think tank says, adding it can build a vital link between indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada.

    “There is abundant evidence that aboriginal Canadians want fuller, more equitable participation in the country, and are deeply frustrated that the national system has not yet provided the benefits and resources necessary to strengthen and sustain their communities,” the think tank said.



    uploaded date: 02-05-2013

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    "I" is for Idle No More: a video installation except

    uploaded by: Idle No More

    channel: Idle No More

    This video was initially inspired by the young students at the Native Education College that were engaged, often for the first time, in having their voices heard by Canadian society. Working with the print aesthetic of political posters, this video poster presents three voices, and three faces of individuals talking about their view point on and involvement in the Idle No More movement


    uploaded date: 13-04-2013

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    Idle No More in Hayward

    uploaded by: Idle No More

    channel: Cara's Picks

     The Overpass Light Brigade brought their LED letters to help the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe to protest proposed mining in Wisconsin. An American contribution to the Idle No More movement.

    Thanks yo Occupy Riverwest for sharing this video!


    uploaded date: 29-03-2013

  • Idle No More

    uploaded by: Idle No More

    This channel is a compilation of videos, articles, and photos documenting Idle No More activities. Idle No More is an ongoing movement of among aboriginal peoples and their non-aboriginal supporters across the world. The movement has inspired protests in towns and cities across Canada, the US, and other countries.… Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 26-03-2013