Monday, 24 December 2012

many voices one nest

Idle No More - Metrotown, Burnaby BC December, 22, 2012

C Brauer·
Published on 22 Dec 2012  Idle No More is a First Nations Initiative which calls attention to Bill C-45 which just passed in Canadian Parliament. Here is their Mission - one we can all relate to and join: "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."

Vancouver: “Today my heart is full, because the shift is happening,” said Nuxalk and Six Nations artist Jerilynn Snuxyaltwa Webster, who raps under the name JB the First Lady. “Our people—our beautiful, indigenous people—are rising. I'm sick of colonization telling us that we are criminals, telling us that we're no good, telling us that we don't deserve what is ours. Stephen Harper: We're coming together. ... come together to build unity, no matter what color the skin is, what your blood quantum is, what nation you come from, if you're treaty or non-treaty, status or non-status, Métis or Inuit. Those are the boxes they put us in—they try to divide and conquer us, but they haven't. We overcame acts of genocide; we are still here.”

~ Idle No More Sweeps Canada & Beyond... read more: Indian Country

I think the movement is absolutely about treaty rights. It is about the honest and respectful communications and relationships expected among equals. 

It is also about basic democracy, resistance to the steamroller approach this government takes now that it has the power to do so.

Idle No More shared this Occupy Canada image (facebook)

It is fundamentally about our collective duty to protect the lands, waters, air, and one another.

Let us re-set government-citizen relationships, as well as Crown and First Nations relationships, with a view that is not blinkered by short term power and gain, that is instead centered upon the long view, the reality~ physical and political~ that we share/permit right now, and that we together bequest to future generations, irrespective of race  and social category.

Map accurate as of FEB 2012, West Coast Environmental Law

It is about speaking out, with persistence. It is about solidarity in the face of immoral and illegal acts by government. It is about individual empowerment and collective resistance. It is about celebrating our resilience, and coming together against common threats.

navigable waters act resistance

Tina Barnes Idle No More Dec. 21 2012 Victoria BC 
Published on 21 Dec 2012
Idle No More Rally
Film Credit: Les Barnes
Idle No More Flash Mob Pine Center Mall Prince George BC
Published on 22 Dec 2012
Young people hosted flash mob to honour Chief Theresa Spence and to demonstrate against Bill C-45.

My heart lifts when I hear the Woman Warrior Song, all of the songs:

 when I see the actions unfolding on the highway, railway, in the street, in the mall, 

anywhere at all.


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