Idle No More and Indigenous teen who wore "Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt call on people everywhere to wear it as act of truth-telling protest


Friday, January 17, 2014

Idle No More and Indigenous teen who wore "Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt call on people everywhere to wear it as act of truth-telling protest

Tenelle Starr will appear as honorary guest at Neil Young concert in Regina on Friday

(Turtle Island/Canada ) - A 13 year old Indigenous teenager, Tenelle Starr, prevented initially from wearing a sweatshirt at her school in Balcarres near Regina that read "Got Land? Thank an Indian" is now calling, along with the Idle No More movement, for people everywhere to don the shirt as an act of truth-telling and protest.

Now and up to a January 28 Day of Action, Tenelle and Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are encouraging people across the country to make the shirt and wear them to their schools, workplaces, or neighbourhoods to spark conversations about Canada's true record on Indigenous rights. They have created a website ( where people can get stencils to make a shirt, to buy it, and upload photos of themselves wearing it.

"Everyone can wear the shirtI think of it as a teaching tool that can help bring awareness to our treaty and land rights. The truth about Canada's bad treatment of First Nations may make some people uncomfortable, but understanding it is the only way Canada will change and start respecting First Nations," says Tenelle, an Idle No More supporter who has participated in many Idle No More rallies with her mother.

Tenelle will also be appearing as an honorary guest at the Neil Young Honour The Treaties concert in Regina on Friday night. Chief Allan Adam and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have gifted her and her mom with tickets to pay respect to her courage.

Since the media started reporting on Tenelle’s acts, she has has been attacked on her facebook page by an online hate group that has threatened her safety, forcing her to disable her facebook account.

The January 28 National Day of Action is also a day of Teach-ins to raise awareness about the federal Harper government's attack on native education through the First Nations Education Act and his continuing agenda to "terminate" or abolish Indigenous peoples rights, sovereignty and status as Nations and dispossess them of their lands and resources.

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Media contacts:

Janice Makokis, Idle No More organizer:  780-915-0310



Showing 8 reactions

  • Melanie Schneiter
    commented 2014-01-23 12:54:43 -0800
    Stay strong, for all the haters there’s thousands more with love and support behind you. I see an elder yet to come. We must open the eyes of non indigenous, not only in Canada but also here in the US where first nations where also subject to the same treaties and land theft.
  • Russ Letica
    commented 2014-01-20 09:44:44 -0800
    Stand Proud Sister, look them in the eye when you respectfully educate them on the truth of this lands history. Generation after generation we continue to educate truth because the silence is still killing us. Woliwon for your voice in the world.
  • Veronica Johnston
    commented 2014-01-20 08:28:51 -0800
    Ur awesome loved the saying will be getting one for my son.
  • Buster Charleson
    commented 2014-01-18 23:30:58 -0800
    You R. Awesome and proud to see that Native Pride that reminds me of our daughter she is the same and only 10 reads a lot n see s a lot on facebook and news I love it. Where it should keep going right from the New age red skin natives especially young ladies such as you n our daughter .
  • Angeline Charleson
    commented 2014-01-18 20:49:10 -0800
    I’m very proud of you! You at a very young age, have made a big noise, that was heard around the country! I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia…and I heard your voice loud and clear from where I am! You young lady are very smart, courageous; someone I want my daughter to be like when she’s your age _ Hold your feet steady under you…you have thousands if not millions of people standing behind you!!! YOU GO TENELLE!!!
  • Russ Letica
    commented 2014-01-17 13:43:11 -0800
    I admire her Pride and her courage to show it.
  • karen t
    commented 2014-01-17 12:26:37 -0800
    That online hate group is funded by oil and gas interests.
  • Ruth Cuthand
    commented 2014-01-17 11:46:10 -0800
    It is a day day when a teenager wears this shirt to school and the resulting media storm that labels it “controversial”. Tenelle should not have to be brave to educate her community. What happened to all this Treaty education that was suppose to happen in this province. What happened to the campaign “We are all Treaty people”?
    Why does the media give time to a lunatic in B.C. to spread her hate and allow her to look like the victim?