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A collection of Idle No More related news, media, opinion and perspective. Selected for integrity, accuracy, respect.
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The Tyee – Harper in Peru: What Media Failed to Report

The Tyee – Harper in Peru: What Media Failed to Report | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

...during Stephen Harper's recent trip to South America that no one bothered to challenge our fearless leader's new "foreign aid" program to help Canadian mining companies get richer in countries where mining has led to major human rights violations.

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Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms

Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
Indigenous groups claim they have not consented to oil projects, as politicians visit Beijing to publicise bidding process
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First Nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline

First Nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
An alliance of First Nations leaders from the U.S. and Canada say they are gearing up to fight the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines both in the courts and through unspecified direct action.
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Hunger Strikers Demand Indian Act Chiefs of Nova Scotia Withdraw from Comprehensive Land Claim Table |

Hunger Strikers Demand Indian Act Chiefs of Nova Scotia Withdraw from Comprehensive Land Claim Table | | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
Lives on the line as hunger strike enters sixth day

 

MILLBROOK FIRST NATION, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) – Shelley Young, from Eskasoni First Nation, and Jean Sock, from Elsapogtog First Nation, have entered their sixth day of a water-only hunger strike that they vow will continue until the Indian Act chiefs of Nova Scotia step away from the tabling of the 'Made In Nova Scotia' process.

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Embodying the transformation of Idle No More: In conversation with Leanne Simpson and Naomi Klein

Embodying the transformation of Idle No More: In conversation with Leanne Simpson and Naomi Klein | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

On February 15, 2013, I sat down with Leanne Simpson in Toronto to talk about decolonization, ecocide, climate change, and how to turn an uprising into a "punctuated transformation."

On extractivism

Naomi Klein: Let's start with what has brought so much indigenous resistance to a head in recent months. With the tar sands expansion, and all the pipelines, and the Harper government's race to dig up huge tracts of the north, does it feel like we're in some kind of final colonial pillage? Or is this more of a continuation of what Canada has always been about?

Leanne Simpson: Over the past 400 years, there has never been a time when indigenous peoples were not resisting colonialism. Idle No More is the latest -- visible to the mainstream -- resistance and it is part of an ongoing historical and contemporary push to protect our lands, our cultures, our nationhoods, and our languages. To me, it feels like there has been an intensification of colonial pillage, or that's what the Harper government is preparing for -- the hyper-extraction of natural resources on indigenous lands. But really, every single Canadian government has placed that kind of thinking at its core when it comes to indigenous peoples

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Ex-Harper Aide Says Watching Child Porn Does No Harm

Ex-Harper Aide Says Watching Child Porn Does No Harm | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, expressed support for the freedom to watch child pornography during a talk at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta on Wednesday night.
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Why Harper Gets Away With It

Why Harper Gets Away With It | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

Thanks to a hyperactive press, the energy baron agenda continues unabated. It’s a dangerous endgame indeed. You’ve heard the buzzwords involved – Enbridge, tar sands, Keystone XL – but maybe only as a jumble, a sick constellation no news official connects the dots to. And such is the consequence of a “watchdog” news industry with no teeth. We’re forced to connect the dots ourselves.

 

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If the $30 Billion We Give Oil Sands Went to Green Energy

If the $30 Billion We Give Oil Sands Went to Green Energy | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

Assuming the taxpayer is picking up half of the tab through tax and royalty write-offs, by the end of the decade the public will provide about $31 billion to some of the world's wealthiest corporations for the reverse alchemy of turning natural gas into tar.

 

What else might be accomplished with this massive amount of money? What would happen if $30 billion in public incentives were instead directed towards our nation's renewable energy sectors over the next 10 years?

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Idle No More preparing for next stages

Idle No More preparing for next stages | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
Idle No More is continuing forward. What has been happening is a lot of re-focusing, a lot of meetings, and a great deal of serious thinking
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Montana Senate passes resolution formally supporting

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At least 3,000 aboriginal children died in residential schools, research shows

At least 3,000 aboriginal children died in residential schools, research shows | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
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Climate Rally In Washington Brought Out 40,000 People, Organizers Estimate

Climate Rally In Washington Brought Out 40,000 People, Organizers Estimate | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Hoisting signs that read "Forward on Climate" and "No on Keystone XL," a massive group of protesters gathered on the National Mall Sunday to urge President Obama to take action on climate policy.
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Idle No More gains allies in fight for environment, human rights

Idle No More gains allies in fight for environment, human rights | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

"Common Causes and labour groups reflect tens of thousands of members,” said Mercredi. “Everybody sees the urgency of doing something right now.”

Mercredi put out the call to the unions and labour movements and says there was no resistance from them to support the work being undertaken by the Idle No More movement.

 

“We stand in solidarity for the protection and preservation of our human rights and indeed for the preservation and protection of the water, and land for each generation to come,” said Mercredi.


“What we’re seeing as Canadians is our water rights being eroded,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, executive director with Public Interest Alberta and co-organizer of the Edmonton rally. “Idle No More has started challenging that and it’s not just a First Nations issue."

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Assimilating Canadians into the wisdom of Indigenous ancestors

Assimilating Canadians into the wisdom of Indigenous ancestors | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

Edward Chamberlin described one of the first encounters between Gitksan people and the Canadian government. When surveyors informed them that the government owned their land, the Gitksan replied by asking: "If this is your land, where are your stories?"

 

"Wisdom sits in places," say the Western Apache. We need to build a loyalty to those places, to their stories, and to the peoples who hold them -- so that the wisdom may someday reveal itself to us as well. That'll mean learning the medicines, the myths, and the mores that arise from abiding in place. 

 

Speaking to the N2N conference in Toronto, Mohawk elder Ellen Gabriel said: "Our teachings say: we are part of creation, not separate. We need to assimilate Canadians into the wisdom that our ancestors brought us."

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Native American artists take back the headdress

Native American artists take back the headdress | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
An exhibition at All My Relations Gallery pokes fun at popular culture for appropriating Native imagery, then presents its own take on contemporary Native life.
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Who will protect the land from reckless development? | Toronto Star

Who will protect the land from reckless development? | Toronto Star | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

More than 100 years ago, Joseph Conrad wrote in Heart of Darkness that, “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.” It wasn’t pretty then, and it isn’t pretty now — and it won’t be in another hundred years, either. Apocalypse then, apocalypse still. We’ve had a century of military-industrial development, and we know exactly where it’s gotten us. Only big change, only strange change, can bring about the kind of transformation that our society, indeed all societies, so desperately need.

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WE WERE CHILDREN Premieres March 19 on APTN

WE WERE CHILDREN Premieres March 19 on APTN | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

Directed by Tim Wolochatiuk and written by Jason Sherman, We Were Children tells the heartbreaking true story of Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod, removed from their homes at the ages of four and six and forced to adapt to a strange, threatening new world in Canada's residential school system. Blending stunning dramatic storytelling with unflinching documentary narratives, the film gives voice to two children trapped in a system that would impact their lives forever.

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Idle No More movement seeks to educate Canadians with teach-ins and panel discussions

Idle No More movement seeks to educate Canadians with teach-ins and panel discussions | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
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New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide

New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
Newly discovered documents reveal that President Reagan approved Guatemala’s extermination of both leftist guerrillas and their “civilian support mechanisms,” which led to genocide against hundreds of Mayan villages.
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How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon

How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it
China has become Brazil’s main trading partner, giving it significant influence over the Amazon forest.
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The Wildly Depressing History of Canadian Residential Schools

The Wildly Depressing History of Canadian Residential Schools | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

These government funded, church-run institutions, literally stole children from their families, brought them to places thousands of kilometres away from their homes, physically, mentally and sexually abused them, deliberately contaminated them with tuberculosis, and decimated their sense of self, their sense of heritage and culture, all in some backwards attempt to assimilate them into good, Christian Canadians.

 
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Canada to appear before human rights tribunal

The Canadian government will be appearing before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on a human rights complaint filed by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society). The complaint was filed in 2007 citing discriminatory practices related to child and family services and the funding of these services, the Caring Society said.

The Tribunal will begin on Monday, February 25. The Caring Society is alleging that the Canadian government is discriminating against Native children by providing “flawed and inequitable child welfare services on reserve.”

“After much legal maneuvering, the case is finally being heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to determine if in fact they are being discriminatory,” the Caring Society said in a Press Release. “There have been many, many efforts on the part of the Caring Society to keep pushing the case forward and get it heard, despite Canada’s attempts to get it thrown out.”

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The spiritual side of Idle No More

The spiritual side of Idle No More | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

"For aboriginal people, land is sacred and the Creator has placed them here to care for it."

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#forwardonclimate rally in Washington DC

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Is this just the beginning of Idle No More?

Is this just the beginning of Idle No More? | Idle No More - News & Views | Scoop.it

You may not see the next stage of Idle No More in public -- it might not take the form of a round dance.


Rather, it will take the form of now educated aboriginal community members working with leaders to shut down a mine until the government consults, or withdrawing from a process with government, or opposing a business licence on aboriginal land.


People won't call these actions Idle No More, but they're all connected.

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