First Nations groups denied their constitutionally-protected rights, targeted by the Harper Conservative government
In Canada, #IdleNoMore, an indigenous rights movement that started as a small social media campaign, is gaining momentum. The movement is spearheaded by Chief Theresa Spence, the leader of the Attawapiskat First Nation, who is now on Day 23 of a hunger strike on Ottawa’s Victoria Island, just across from the Canadian Parliament.
Al Jazeera’s Inside Story Americas, with presenter Kimberly Halkett, discusses the movement two guests: Pamela Palmater, a lawyer and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, Toronto, and Clayton Thomas-Muller, an indigenous rights activist and tar sands campaign co-director at the Indigenous Environmental Network.
- Chief Spence says Harper government has encouraged “segregation”
- Idle No More Movement’s Manifesto
- Hunger striker Chief Spence urges supporters to maintain pressure on Stephen Harper
- What Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike Says About Canada
- Amnesty International Urges Harper to meet with hunger striker Chief Spence
- Idle No More dance and speeches on Parliament Hill (VIDEO)