Idle No More - Masses of First Nations Peoples Resist Bill C-45 in Canada

"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." www.idlenomore.com

Triggered by a bill in Canada called C-45 which violates multiple treaties with First Nations peoples, a movement has swept its way through every major city in Canada, and has gained solidarity events across the globe. A tribal leader Chief Theresa Spence is now on Day 12 of a hunger strike. Chief Spence is only drinking water twice a day – in the morning and evening, as a peaceful act of defiance to the injustice of the Harper government. She spends most of her day in prayer. She has been living inside a teepee on Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. “I'm willing to die for my people and the First Nations people,” Chief Spence said as she began her hunger strike. “The pain is too much and it has to stop.”

A new tactic to raise awareness of the movement has emerged through out First Nations communities in "Flash Mob Round Dance". Natives are taking to the streets, capital buildings, busy intersections, and crowded shopping malls all across Canada, and now the US with hand drums, singing songs, and dancing. Blockades have also been organized in parts of Canada, and solidarity rallies in London, Egypt and Australia among others.

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Ok, sovereignty in the context of anarchy: don't take our fucking land. Ask our permission as a group if you intend to do anything that will have any impact on our land. How's that?

Anarchists need to abolish freehold land imo. Even the indigenous can live on leasehold titled land so long as a ' Native Title' to the whole earth is also established. ' You say you want a revolution...'

no no no no no

definitely don't need you 'on my side'

re “"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."

this language may be the source of some ‘confusion’

while the idle-no-more initiative makes sense in an ‘anarcha-indigenism’ context, the phraseology used in this article may confuse what is intended. phrases such as ‘indigenous sovereignty’ and ‘protect Mother Earth’ don’t fit the understanding that the earth is the ONE; i.e. a relational space in which the dynamic inhabitants are in conjugate relation with the dynamic habitat. the notions of ‘indigenous sovereignty’ and ‘protecting Mother Earth’ are a kind of ‘linguistic co-optation’ deriving from the european language architecture, that implies ‘anthropocentrism’.

the concepts of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘protection’ invoke the dualist world view which divides ‘self’ from ‘other’, in contradiction to the understanding of a collective in terms of a relational web or ‘web-of-life’. the ‘peacemaking circle’ is an approach to justice [cultivating/sustaining of balance and harmony in the web-of-life] which assumes pervasive relational interdependence. indigenous defence of the ‘larger self’ [the relational web in which everyone is included] does not separate, in a mutually excluding sense, the ‘defender’ from that which is being ‘defended’; i.e. does not separate, in a mutually excluding sense, the ‘offender’ from the ‘victim’.

there is an inherent problem in the concept of a ‘treaty’ which speaks of ‘two nations living together in peace’ where the treaty divides up territory on the basis of defined ‘tracts’ of land, giving ‘sovereignty’ to aboriginals on this tract and to ‘colonizers’ on other tracts; i.e. the colonizer sovereignty that authorizes and encourages the exploitation and pollution of the land is exploiting the land given in treaty to the indigenous aboriginals since land is ONE. in the western mind, where one is given the ‘right’ to own land and to develop it in accordance with one’s personal pursuit of happiness, it is legal and not prohibited by the treaty, to develop an industrial port adjacent to a pristine stretch of coastal treaty land granted to indigenous aboriginals, and to pump sewage into the common bay.

whether the pollution is being sourced from the next-door neighbour’s property, or from the other side of the globe, the treaty lands are nevertheless impacted since the land is ONE. thus the violation of the spirit of the treaty is inherent in the very concept of a treaty as a legal agreement that divides land into respectively ‘owned tracts’. this raises questions about the meaning of statements such as;

“We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth."

that is, ‘living as two nations side-by side’ doesn’t make any sense in this case due to Mach’s principle which articulates the interdependence due to the mediating medium of relational space; “the dynamics of the inhabitants are conditioning the dynamics of the habitat at the same time as the dynamics of the habitat are conditioning the dynamics of the inhabitants.”

without dealing with this fact that the world view of western society and its institutions [such as law-based treaty-making] is ‘dualist’ while physical reality, the relational space we share inclusion in, requires non-dualist understanding, there is no way to reconcile what is meant by “ the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship” since understandings on this differ radically between ‘dualist’ and ‘non-dualist’ worldviews.

the idlenomore initiative would be better understood in Haida or Hopi than in English. this is the huge advantage that sovereightists have in propagating English as a global standard; i.e. english is incapable of directly expressing non-dualist views.

What happened to Emiles article from the other day concerning idlenomore? Why was it taken down?

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