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.