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Idle No More to spearhead Mother Earth Day commemoration in Ottawa

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  The Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights and sovereignty is scheduled to spearhead the commemoration of Mother Earth Day in Ottawa. Activists are expected to confront the Harper government’s agenda against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In an earlier press release, Idle No More explained this insidious agenda: to weaken all collective rights and environmental protections,… Read More

In Ottawa, Thousands of #IdleNoMore And Allied Protesters Demand Real Change (PHOTOS)

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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. 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… Read More

Canada’s Indigenous #IdleNoMore Movement Gains Momentum (VIDEO)

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… Read More

Idle No More dance and speeches on Parliament Hill (VIDEO)

This colorful video of the December 21, 2012, Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, will always remain one of the highlights of my career as a progressive activist. The video includes speeches by supporters and helpers of hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. The speakers also repeated Spence’s call for a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative… Read More

Pressure mounting on PM Harper to meet hunger striker Theresa Spence

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by Obert Madondo: Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. First Nations leaders, the opposition, unions, the media, grassroots movements and individuals are urging Harper to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation chief  as her indefinite protest reaches the mid-point of its second week.

PowerShift 2012 Concludes With Massive March Against Harper Gvt’s $1.4bn “Polluter Handouts”

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The PowerShift 2012 Conference concluded with a raucous “Trick or Treat” march through downtown Ottawa by over 800 conference attendees and local activists. The 4-day conference sought to push the Harper Government to act to stop climate change and social injustice in Canada. And to stop annual handouts of $1.4 billion in Canadian taxpayer money to the “richest, dirtiest corporations in the world.” The conference kicked off last Friday… Read More