The Natives are restless. Wondering why?
December 25, 2012 12:40 PM Subscribe
Idle No More.
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(Note: music autoplay.) A year after the housing crisis in Attawapiskat (previously
), Chief Theresa Spence is on the 14th day of a hunger strike
. In a teepee close the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, she waits for a meeting with Prime Minister Harper in order to address ongoing poverty on reserves and the implications of Bill C-45, which strips protected status from thousands of miles of Canadian waterways, as well as ongoing plans for oil pipelines across the North and Harper's plans to bring legislation allowing for the privatization of reserve lands. An international surge of support from Indigenous Peoples, organizing through social media (including Facebook
) has seen demonstrations across North America, including thousands of First Nations activists marching
on Parliament Hill, a rail blockade
in Sarnia, Ont., and an open letter from Canadian academics
, an open letter from The Assembly of First Nations
, and other actions.
A year ago the Harper government began floating the possibility of private ownership
of land on reserves, which critics see as a step towards a sell-off to corporations eager to exploit the natural resources in the land. It is opposed by the Assembly of First Nations. Idle No More began with four First Nations women, including âpihtawikosisân, whose blog A Plains Cree Speaking Woman in Montreal
has been instrumental in acting as a voice for this growing movement (essential post: The Natives are Restless. Wondering Why?
Naomi Klein writes
: "All Canadians should offer our deepest thanks that our indigenous brothers and sisters have protected their land rights for all these generations, refusing to turn them into one-off payments, no matter how badly they were needed. These are the rights Mr. Harper is trying to extinguish now... During this season of light and magic, something truly magical is spreading. There are round dances by the dollar stores. There are drums drowning out muzak in shopping malls. There are eagle feathers upstaging the fake Santas. The people whose land our founders stole and whose culture they tried to stamp out are rising up, hungry for justice. Canada's roots are showing. And these roots will make us all stand stronger."