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Sunday, 31 March 2013 07:04

The turtle must lead, anything else is false solidarity

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Bill C-45 ignited Idle No More, both the moment in time and movement afterward. The moment that Idle No More signifies, though, represents a point or blip in a very long history of Indigenous people struggling to get Canada to respect Indigenous people's rights to land and water, live up to their treaty responsibilities and find their true humanity. Think about it, Pontiac’s rebellion took place in the 1700s. My ancestors have been doing their work for a long long time. Enough said on this.

Since Bill C-45 also concerns people who are not Indigenous to Canada, or rather settlers or descendants of settler Canadians, it comes as little surprize to me that political organizations such as Common Causes seek to align themselves with Indigenous people and our cause. For me, this desire and reach from outsiders for Indigenous alliance building is puzzling.

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