by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan 11, 2013 7.00 PM EST
#IdleNoMore’s show of people-power forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stay for entire five hours of meeting with First Nations leaders.
#IdleNoMore Parliament Hill Protest Jan 11 2013 Pic 1
More than five thousand #IdleNoMore protesters gathered in Ottawa today as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders held a closed-door meeting in the capital. The protesters first gathered outside the Langevin Block, the official home of the prime minister’s office and venue of the controversial meeting. They chanted songs, drummed and waved banners, before moving to the central block of Parliament Hill for speeches.
From Kobe, Japan, an expression of support and solidarity for hunger striker Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and the phenomenal #IdleNoMore grassroots movement for Aboriginal rights and sovereignty:
Photo via Facebook
And these words:
Today , we gathered together to pray in Kobe Japan. We hope this prayer can reach to Chief Theresa Spence and also to our brothers and sisters who are joining this IDLE NO MORE Movement. Us, Japanese people support this Movement.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 6, 2013:
Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 21 2012
Yesterday, Idle No More, the grassroots movement for Aboriginal justice, flexed its muscle with peaceful blockages of bridges and border crossings across Canada. Dr. Pamela Palmater, an indigenous activist and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, says #IdleNoMore is pushing back at the aggressive assimilation agenda of the right-wing Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This insidious and racist agenda finds expression in two omnibus “budget” bills, C-38 and C-45, which the Conservatives recently rammed through Parliament with very little consultation and debate.
The movement’s key inspiration, Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence, is in Day 27 of her hunger strike in sub-zero temperatures on Victoria Island, a short distance from Parliament Hill.