[ View the story "Canada's native winter" on Storify] Canada's native winter As #IdleNoMore takes root, can it stay united?
The Stream· Tue, Jan 29 2013 10:59:40
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On January 28, protesters from around the world joined in an Idle No More "
day of action
". In Ottawa, around 300
to Parliament Hill to greet the Members of Parliament who were returning from a short recess.
#rise and #shine. A beautiful day to take action and make all of our communities better! #j28Wab Kinew
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Solidarity today to everyone everywhere participating in #J28 #IdleNoMore day of action.kurtizz
Coinciding with the street protests was an online operation
at ending the reign of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government.
Steal this tweet. #TwitterStorm against @PMHarper, under #OpHarper. Let Harper know what you think of him and his C-45 Bill #IdleNoMore #J28Occupy Wall Street
This comes after one notable member of the Idle No More movement, Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence,
her 44-day hunger strike. She agreed to do so after First Nation Chiefs and government opposition members signed a declaration "committing to carrying on the struggle to protect indigenous rights".
Although Chief Spence can be
with giving Idle No More some momentum, protest organisers have made it a point to
themselves from First Nation Chiefs.
Chiefs were not elected to control Idle No More type gatherings. The majority of chiefs, despite claims to the contrary, toil in anonymity.Ernie Crey
Announcement made by organizers that tmrw's grassroots rally in Ottawa not Idle No More, not chiefs, its grassroots - no group controllingPam Palmater
The Idle No More movement
started in November 2012 as a form ofopposition to Canadian bill C-45, which activists claim disrupts traditional ways of Canadian aboriginal rights.
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At the end of the day, remember our lakes, rivers and land now belong more to oil, gas and mining interests than to us. #C45Mary Kosta
Harper CPC Omnibus Bill #C45 is the modern day equivalent to handing out smallpox contaminated blankets #idlenomore #cdnpolidatatect
the passing of the bill:
With a majority govt, C-45 guaranteed to pass. Omnibus bill allows govt to use its time to manage other tasks rather than stagnate #cdnpoIiAndy
If u idle followers r going to cut down bill C45 how about u read it first. It actually helps first nations people to grow reserve jobs.KNUCKLES
Prime Minister Harper
the bill in Parliament, saying, "We have made…unprecedented investments into things that will make a concrete difference in the lives of people".
The movement launched initial
across Canada on International Human Rights Day, December 10. They have now spread throughout the world.
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One strategy used among protesters is to
form a blockade
on some of Canada's highways.
This method may be a reason why, according to blogger
, overall sentiment for the movement has dropped from 76 to 50 per cent.
Criticism has also been targeted at the protesters. A small newspaper in Manitoba, Canada published an editorial - according to
The National Post
- "calling aboriginals corrupt and lazy".
Here, Aboriginal-Canadian activist and academic Wab Kinew answers some of the generalisations that have been leveled at his people:
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The comments sections of online articles have been the site of many abusive remarks,
leading some to be shut down
. Some of these comments can be seen in an
written by Canadian news personality Ezra Levant.
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Levant himself has been
of racism, and been personally confronted by some opposing his remarks:
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Others, however, believe that the term "racist" is being thrown at anyone who criticises the movement:
Not in favour of the racism against the Idle No More protests, but I'm also not in favour of every opposing person being labelled a racist.Eric
Although some believe Idle No More may
, the Canadian Aboriginal issue continues to garner support, with further demonstrations slated to take place in February: