History of Idle No More Grassroots MovementIdle No More began with 4 ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects our First Nations people but the rest of Canada's citizens, lands and waters.
The focus is on grassroots voices, treaty and sovereignty, it began in the early part of October when discussing Bill C 45. All 4 women knew that this was a time to act, as this bill and other proposed legislation would affect not only Indigenous people but also the lands, water and the rest of Canada.
With the focus on the most urgent bill knowing it would initiate attention to all other legislation, the 4 ladies held rallies and teach-ins to generate discussion and provide information. They then decided a nation wide event was garnered so all could participate, thus, The National Day of Solidarity & Resurgence was called for December 10th, 2012, to oppose all legislation and to build solidarity while asserting inherent rights and nationhood while protecting our lands for all people.
These colonial forms of legislation that the government expects to unilaterally impose on us has brought us together, to stand together - Jessica Gordon
“IDLE NO MORE”(December 10, 2012)
- Bill C-27 First Nations Financial Transparency Act
- Bill S-2 Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Right Act
- Bill S-6 First Nations Elections Act
- Bill S-8 Safe Drinking Water for First Nations
- Bill C-428 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act
- Bill S-207 An Act to amend the Interpretation Act
- Bill S-212 First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill and the “First Nations” Private Ownership Act
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Idle No More 2012
Published on YouTube Dec 6, 2012 by Dawn Marie Marchand
I woke up this morning very early. When you feel this driven but this voiceless...there is always something that you can do that might at least make yourself feel better. I took my crappy laptop; stole my daughter's iphone and put together this awful moviemaker thingy. I hope it is an example of something that can get people motivated to do their own videos. Take this idea and run with it.
FOOD for Indigenous ThoughtWords of Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, one of the founding members of Idle No More
Ekosi, kinanaskomtinawaw for reading this.
Read more about Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum: First Nations' culture shared by Sask. author
A Humble Request From A Tired Old WarriorJessica Gordon posted on Idle No More - Edmonton Facebook Event Page but intended for all
Please Read and share with your people. This was sent to me from a dear friend.
"This is a humble request from a tired old warrior from the Canoe Lake Cree Nation(s).
To all Pipe Carriers, Sweat Lodge Operators, Keepers of Medicine Bundles and People gifted with various ceremonies. Oskapisak, please have sacred fires burning from sunset to sunrise on the day before the 10th of December and the day before the 21st of December/12. I'm asking for "Prayers" for the Young Women and Men (Idle No More) who have worked tirelessly in opposing the various bills affecting our treaties and "Mother Earth" and the various gift from the Creator, that have sustained us from the beginning of time. This we do for our Children, GrandChildren and Children, not yet born. We call ourselves, warriors, are we willing to give up our lives for Mother Earth and Future Generations. I do this with a heavy heart and have broken down and cried and apologized for not haven't done enough for Mother Earth and the Children not born.
We are going to do a pipe ceremony on the eve of the 20th/12 and have a Sacred Fire burning till sunrise on the day of the rally in Ottawa on the 21st of Dec/12 in support of the Young Women and Men of Idle no More. I would like so much to be with you in Ottawa, but due to circumstances, I'm unable. Get this request out there using any media available. Send it right across Turtle Island, to our Sisters and Brothers south of us and all of our supporters. Let me at this time, Thank you all for all you have done, stay strong.
Viva "Mother Earth"
When Treaty people gather to speak of land, water and air; a sacred protocol is invoked and followed, guided by the laws of each of the Indigenous Nations.
Amendment: Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Sylvia McAdam Saysewajum
(Cultural Teachings: First Nation protocols and methodologies)