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TOPIC: 14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive

14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #12

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1. Water has to become a forefront issue.
2. We need to take more time to plan events.
3. Our messaging has to be the clear and the same.
4. Each region province or idlenomore group needs to have a spokesperson
5. A clear code of conduct must be adopted by each region
6. Every rally, demonstration, flash mob needs to have a point.
7. We must utilize a variety of tactics
8. We must strategically escalate our tactics.
9. We must unify our actions on the same day.
10. Regions must be competent and transparent with money that has been fund raised.
11. Be prepared for the Police to use force, to break their word.
12. Know what you are doing. Not think you know and always ask for help.
13. Leave your Ego at the Door.
14. Accept that you will be targeted


Explanations:
1. Water has to become a forefronts issue.
- Our water is holy and sacred and as of right now Canada has abandoned its responsibility for its’ protection. We must then assert our inherit rights to protect it. If we have signage and in our media statements that we are fighting for Canada’s Water, this is an issue all Canadians can get behind. Treaty rights specifically will get swept under the rug, Water is a universal issue everyone can rally behind. Most Canadians don’t even know what they lost, If we are holding signs and making statements for the water, We can wake them up. Once they are brought in, we can educate them that the Treaties are the last barrier of protection we have. This must be done across Canada, immediately. Our messaging should be Water, Treaties and then our Localized problems.
2. We need to take more time to plan events.
- We cannot keep having adhoc events unless they are flashmobs. If there is any other kind of event, it needs proper time to be organized. The more time spent on planning the less confusion. The less confusion we lower our chances for anybody getting hurt. The benefit is that the promotion of the event can attract greater numbers.
3. Our message has to be clear and the same.
- The main points of IdleNoMore must held out, of course the people will choose to make their own unique signs and slogans. But our banners and big signs must remain the same.
4. Each region province or idlenomore group needs to have a spokesperson.
- This person is to be the media outlet and the face of the group. Not to take away from the Four Founders, but each person can speak specifically to their regions unique challenges and can communicate between each IdleNoMore Group to unify actions. For instance IdleNoMore Edmonton can speak to IdleNoMore Woodbuffalo. They are just a spokesperson not the boss. It’s a stressful position to have and you can change the spokesperson from time to time.
5. A clear code of conduct must be adopted by each region.
- What are we willing to sanction for Direct Actions? Some people have said they do not support Blockades, yet blockades may be the only tool a specific place can use. And Obviously the use of Violence being the last measure or action, however we must take into account Emotional Violence. This will differ from urban areas, campuses to remote areas.
6. Every rally, demonstration, flash mob needs to have a point.
- Either to educate, to promote IdleNoMore or to empower. If we do not have a point, people will rightfully ask what are we changing and why are we doing this? The empowerment we fill will quickly turn to disempowerment, Much like the occupy movement.
7. We must utilize a variety of tactics.
- We can’t keep just using the same tactic over and over again, otherwise we will fizzle out like the occupy movement. You can have letter writing campaigns, phone campaigns, door to door campaigns, Banner drops, Die-Ins, You can get peacefully arrested, you can peacefully occupy a building, to name a few. There’s tons of non-violent tactics, let’s switch it up and start utilizing them!
8. We must strategically escalate our tactics.
- We have the nations attention, yet nothing is being done. We also must consider our people may be scared off if we are having mass civil disobedience. And that the media will do their best to incriminate our movement. We have to build up and we have to show them we are willing to take this as far as it needs to go.
9. We must unify our actions on the same day.
- We keep having different days of action here and there. In order for us to have a bigger impact, media wise or within a city we have to unify our actions. This alone is what the government is afraid of. If we are acting together and out of peace and all at the same time, this chances of us being arrested will greatly be reduced. They know we can and will turn the heat up in an organized manner if one of our IdleNOMore groups is targeted. We shut shit down briefly but we will shut it down indefinitely if they break the peace.
10. Regions must be competent and transparent with money that has been fund raised.
- All we have is our reputation, we must cherish it and honor it. Let’s not be like the Canadian Politicians.
11. Be prepared for the Police to use force and to break their word.
- They will it’s only a matter of time, what are your safety measures put in place. Imagine it is at a rally with women and children what is you plan to counter act and diffuse the situation? What is your plan if you and others end up in Jail?
12. Know what you are doing. Not think you know and always ask for help.
- Peoples lives are on the line. Do your best and do not forget to outsource for help. Plenty of NGO groups are willing to help out. They have a history on Direct Actions and can help you plan this. Some elders have a wealth of experience just waiting to be applied.
13. Leave your Ego at the Door.
- - It’s a time to get humble and it’s time to get educated. You might know a lot but you don't know everything there is to know about what's happening to our people. So read up or sit with an elder. The greatest disservice is to be doing this to get your name out there or be seen. Don’t hide behind ceremony or Indigenous Ideologies as your reasons to not act in a meaningful way. Ceremonies are what birthed this action and they will continue to help guide us.
14. Accept that you will be targeted
- Your planning or organizing and upsetting the establishment, they will target you and come after you. Don’t be intimated or scared, because we are all fighting for each other.
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14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #21

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i agree with the water being the front issues and having clearer messages being said, as well as leadership. Ive been to about 3 Rallies in Edmonton, and they have a good energy, but my wish is that more people driving by begin to think - we want people to begin to think, and understand, and support. I try to stay involved and informed and helpful.
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14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #23

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Hello Gitz,

Gitz I am very thankful for the thread you just created. Any information I can be linked with would be a great help, I am still new to this but I have to make it something that is important in my life. I am willing to learn as much as I can.
I live in Newfoundland, I think we haven't had any rallies in this area yet but if anyone else is from Newfoundland that would like to start let me know.

Anyways, if anyone has ANYTHING to help grow Idle No More into Newfoundland please show me!

Thank You

Christopher G
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14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #28

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Great stuff....I totally agree with what you've said so well. I want to be involved. I'm all for direct actionto make this movement a priority on the Canadian landscape!

I'm a paralegal. What can I do to help?

Derrick
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14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #72

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Yes,I agree a viable strategy is necessary to give the movement "legs".These are all important points.A unified message through agreed upon spokespeople,so there is no ambiguity.We all want to help,but what would be the best way to determine who can do what? What about regional meetings? These would give us faces and new friends to relate to rather than relying only on technology.It's too impersonal in my opinion.Any good organizers in the crowd? Lets be ready for spring 2013!!
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14 Things Idle No More Must Do To Stay Alive 5 months 2 weeks ago #74

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Hey guys. I can help organize. I'm very excited about what's going on so far, and I'd like to see it grow and become even more potent!

Derrick Shaw
Paralegal activist
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