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This list is by no means a comprehensive list of writers, bloggers and academics that are lending their voice to the Idle No More Movement.  It is a good start.  If you have other favored bloggers please add them into the comments section.


Chelsea Vowel:

One of the most circulated bloggers in our community today is Chelsea Vowel. She is fearless in debunking many current issues as they happen in a powerful and real way.   Start with this one:



Assorted writers and academics tackling the issues in and around the subject of decolonization.


Divided No More:

Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people.  The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world. She is the host and organizer for this blog space.  Divided No More is blog site inspired by the #IdleNoMore movement.  It is a space shared by a variety of guest writers who share their ideas, solutions and recommendations for a better future for all of us.


Leanne Simpson:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, scholar, storyteller and spoken word artist of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, is an instructor at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge, Athabasca University.


Linda Goyette:

Writer, Editor and Journalist with a strong interest in oral history and contemporary storytelling in Canada. This year she is traveling to isolated northern communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia, and throughout the Yukon and Northwest Territories, to collect stories from children and teenagers about their lives in the north – as well as stories from older adults about their own childhoods.

Intrigued with other people’s stories all her life. After graduating from the School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, she moved west in 1979 to join the staff at the Edmonton Journal. She worked at the Alberta daily for twenty years as a news reporter, feature writer, editorial writer and editorial page columnist. Awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy in 2000, she investigated conflicts between aboriginal Canadians and other Canadians for a series of national stories published in the Toronto Star in 2001.

The Pomegranate: "Why I Support Idle No More" by Linda Goyette

Vote Canada: "Why I Support Idle No More" by Linda Goyette


Lynn Gehl:

Algonquin Anishinaabe
Mekina Ndoodem

Learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and an Indigenous human rights advocate for 27 years.

Lynn is Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario Canada.  Lynn describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an Indigenous human rights advocate for 27 years.  Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process, what many call the contemporary treaty process.  She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology.  She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways.  While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life.

Some Articles of Dr. Gehl's:


Olthuis Kleer Twonshend - LLP:

A legislative Road Map as Idle No More Revs Up

What is “Idle No More”?  Why are roads and railways being blocked? Why is Chief Spence starving herself to death? Where is this grassroots campaign going?  This blog provides some links to a resource explaining the legislation which is triggering the campaign, and a little commentary.

My OKT colleagues and I are asking ourselves questions about Idle No More and many of our clients, colleagues, friends and neighbours are asking us those questions, too.


Pam Palmater:

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer whose family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.  She has been an active participant in the Idle No More Movement.


Ryan McMahon:  Redman Laughing Podcast

Ryan McMahon is one of the most dynamic Aboriginal/Native American Comedians working in Canada and the United States today. He’s also a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto). Not a blog but a significant body of work dealing with decolonization.  Interviews with Taiaike Alfred, Leanne Simpson, Mskwaankwad “Musky” Rice are great primers for those not interested in reading.


Taiaiake Alfred:

Gerald Taiaiake Alfred is a Full Professor in IGOV and in the Department of Political Science. He specializes in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies. He is a prominent Indigenous intellectual and advisor to many First Nation governments and organizations.


Tobold Rollo:

Is a PhD candidate in the department of political science at the University of Toronto who specializes in political theory, specifically democratic theory, and Canadian politics.  His blog is very useful for non-indigenous allies trying to understand effective alliship.


Wab Kinew: 

Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg and host of the CBC’s acclaimed series, “The 8th Fire”.

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