Published on Jan 11, 2013
Idle No More - Denendeh #J11 Global Day of Action - Yellowknife
To demonstrate support for the rising global Indigenous Peoples Movement, people of Denendeh took action in Yellowknife to run parallel to the meeting between PM Harper and the AFN.
The goal was to raise the profile of the movement, demonstrate a global presence, and give visibility to the growing momentum as a peoples' movement first.
As only a few AFN-determined representatives will be chosen to participate in the meeting with Harper, it will be important to show the rest of the movement stands united with one voice. Idle No More is not going anywhere, and demonstrates the strength and resurgence of our nations.
January 11 Global Day of Action also honours Chief Theresa Spence, marking the 1-month anniversary of her hunger strike. As well, #J11 honours the other chiefs and elders who have been on hunger strike with Chief Spence.
All nations and all people from around the world are invited to join in celebrating and affirming their support for what is happening and the need to keep things moving forward together.
These are the five points Idle No More Denendeh wanted to see addressed at the January 11th meeting with the AFN Chiefs and the Prime Minister:
1) We feel that Chief Spence should be present and central at the January 11 meeting.
2) Request that all elected leadership should consult with INM organizers prior to the meeting to get our input.
3) Request that the meeting be webcast live to ensure accountability and transparency.
4) Demand that the recent legislation be revoked and that the Harper government meet it's duty to consult with all First Nations, standing in solidarity with the Mikisew Cree and the Frog Lake First Nations who are challenging the government over Bills C-38 and C-45.
5) The federal government meet its duty to consult regarding the proposed super board, which is a violation of negotiated agreements.
#J11 is a Global Idle No More Action