"When First Nations chiefs angry with the federal omnibus budget Bill C-45 scuffled briefly with RCMP on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, it certainly made for compelling images. It also raised some compelling questions. Are we seeing a renewed militancy in the aboriginal community? Is this a "tipping point" of sorts? What can we expect next? To me, the most interesting question is what was the catalyst for this showdown?
It was actually a simple message, likely unintelligible unless you are an avid Twitter user:
"Tweeting up on Sunday, December 2, the #IdleNoMore event in Alberta. Lets get it trending! Here is the FB event..."
What is the lasting impact of the "#idlenomore" hashtag? Will it be as momentous as the "#jan26" hashtag that started the protests in Egypt that led to Hosni Mubarak's removal from power? Or is it just another online fad that will come and go?
The hashtag "#Idlenomore" did not stop bill C-45. It ended up passing unamended. The true impact, however, is that it showed grassroots aboriginal people they can influence their leaders through social media."
-Wab Kinew, Winnipeg Free Press