Saturday, December 29, 2012
Idle No More
As we move through this busy season a movement amongst First Nations peoples has been growing, although with scant media coverage. It is called Idle No More and it seems to be gaining impetus amongst young, dissatisfied aboriginal people who are angry that several years after the Canadian government apologized to First Nations for the residential schools and other wrongs so little has changed. The protest is also aimed at the omnibus budget Bill C-45 that eliminates federally protected waterways and facilitates the sale of reserve lands without consultation. Bill C-45 is, to my mind, anti-democratic, lumping all manner of legislation into one bill so that it is easier for the government to push through
A chief is on a hunger strike, protests are springing up across the country, and some are wondering if this will be the winter of First Nations discontent.
As a denomination which has also issued a couple of apologies to First Nations through the years I hope we will encourage our members to pay attention to what is unfolding. Our attention has been diverted over Christmas, but it is time to "listen up." http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1305420--why-idle-no-more-is-gaining-strength-and-why-all-canadians-should-care
Are you aware of what is happening with Idle No More? Should the United Church express its solidarity?