This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
All postings on the official website of the ‘Idle No More’ campaign display messages for uniting and managing people who are willing to join marches, blockades or flash mobs for showing support in the grassroots of the aboriginal movement. A latest post published by two administrators of the website asserts that they are unable to fully manage all the events being organized all over Canada and other parts of the world, and hence they are not responsible anymore.
The movement has taken innumerable shapes and spread to countless destinations, ranging from the round dance in Toronto’s busy Yorkdale Mall on Monday to the blockade of a major downtown intersection in Winnipeg, along with the rally which took place outside a New Year’s Eve concert in El Paso, Texas. The Canadian movement, initiated only one month ago, advocates rights of native treaty agreements and condemns the federal budget legislation. A second hunger striker, this one subsisting on herbal tea for past 20 days, have also joined the Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in her three-week-old fast a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill.
A 51-yeras-old elder with the Cross Lake First Nation, Raymond Robinson, stated that “this is about respect for our treaty rights and, at the same time, about respect for Mother Earth and the land and resources that [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper is taking it upon himself to own and control.” He confessed that “It’s really starting to take a toll on me” though he promised not to end his hunger strike until Mr. Harper agrees to meet with native leaders.