History of Idle No More Grassroots Movement
Written by Jessica Gordon
Idle No More began with 4 ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects our First Nations people but the rest of Canada's citizens, lands and waters.
The focus is on grassroots voices, treaty and sovereignty, it began in the early part of October when discussing Bill C 45. All 4 women knew that this was a time to act, as this bill and other proposed legislation would affect not only Indigenous people but also the lands, water and the rest of Canada.
With the focus on the most urgent bill knowing it would initiate attention to all other legislation, the 4 ladies held rallies and teach-ins to generate discussion and provide information. They then decided a nation wide event was garnered so all could participate, thus, The National Day of Solidarity & Resurgence was called for December 10th, 2012, to oppose all legislation and to build solidarity while asserting inherent rights and nationhood while protecting our lands for all people.
These colonial forms of legislation that the government expects to unilaterally impose on us has brought us together, to stand together - Jessica Gordon
Lots of links to articles, explanations and discussions:
Idle No More. - Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean
Sylvia McAdam Speaks at Idle no more treaty7 Teach-In:
Shannon Houle speaks on Breakfast Television Edmonton
CBC News: 9 questions about Idle No More
A Summary of Current Federal Legislative Amendments Affecting First Nations