By Elyse Bruce
We don’t celebrate Columbus Day in this house, and we never will. It’s not that we don’t enjoy holidays when they come around. We love holidays around here as much as anyone, but there are some holidays that, in my opinion, should not be celebrated.
Columbus Day is one of those holidays I believe should not be celebrated … ever!
I’d consider celebrating Columbus Day in this house if it was treated the same way we observe Remembrance Day. There are far more similarities between Columbus Day and Remembrance Day than there are between Columbus Day and happy celebrations like the 4th of July or Christmas.Read more
Colonialism reinforces violence and oppression such as homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism. Idle No More is committed to decolonizing practices which challenge these oppressions and validates queer identities, gender self determination and body sovereignty.
Idle No More organizers are requesting action against the racism that was directed at and inflicted upon a peaceful protest in Montreal. On the anniversary of the 1763 Royal Proclamation, the Montreal police took down and destroyed a tipi that community members had set up as part of the Idle No More Global Day of Action. According to witnesses, police did not attempt any negotiations and moved into the camp, pushing aside a group of Aboriginal women who were gathered around the tipi. Idle No More organizer Melissa Mollen-Dupris describes the event:Read more
By Âpihtawikosisân - rabble.ca
Education is widely seen as a key component to future success not only for the individual children who receive that education, but also for the society to which they belong, as a whole. We use graduation rates and post-secondary degree attainment numbers to help determine the efficacy and accessibility of a system of education. More than simply informing us of how many individuals are meeting educational standards, these numbers give us fundamental information about the overall health of a society.Read more
Oct 7, 2013
For Immediate Release
Largest Climate Conference in BC History Ends With Joint Idle No More Day of Action
Hundreds gather in Victoria to push back on dirty energy projects
Victoria, Coast Salish Territories – Today, hundreds of youth attending the PowerShift BC summit joined with local Idle No More organizers and frontline Indigenous organizers from BC and Alberta for a march and public civil disobedience training at the British Columbia Legislature. The action took place along with over 60 others across Canada, the US and beyond marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation.Read more
Idle No More Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim 55 Actions in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and across the Planet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2013-Ottawa, Canada: Today marks the global day of action of Idle No More, the Indigenous Peoples social movement. On October 7, 1763, King George III of England signed the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights.
Today, two hundred and fifty years later, at over 55 actions and events taking place across Canada, the United States, and in countries across the planet, thousands of Indigenous Peoples and our supporters are taking direct action to assert sovereignty and self-determination over Our Land -- Our Water -- Our Bodies -- Our Stories -- Our Future -- and to proclaim our Indigenous Sovereignty!Read more
We are so inspired by everyone who is rising for tomorrow’s Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim! If your event is not listed on the Idle No More site or in this list below please take the time to add your event and be counted!
Idle No More now has text alerts! To receive text updates from Idle No More simply text “INM” to 306-994-7009
(Thanks to Aaron Paquette for the artwork)Read more
By Shannon Corregan - Times Colonist
Idle No More is gearing up for an international day of action on Monday. The choice of date is significant, as Monday is the 250th anniversary of the royal proclamation of 1763, which marked the end of the French and Indian War and laid the foundations for British Canada.Read more
By Martha Troian - MEDIA INDIGENA, Photo Credit Hayden King
Elizabeth Brass Elson remembers standing on the picket line when she was just seventeen-years-old.
Her mother, once a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was with a group of women trying to form a union.
Elson says her mother taught her to make a stand in times of need.
Today, she is doing just that.Read more
By Jorge Barrera - APTN National News
One of the U.S.’s top environmentalists has thrown his considerable clout and that of his organization behind Idle No More’s planned Oct. 7 day of action.
Bill McKibben, a prominent journalist who wrote for the New Yorker magazine and founded 350.org which is one of the driving forces behind U.S. opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, said Indigenous peoples have “spearheaded the fight to preserve the planet at its most critical hour.”