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NEWS RELEASE · 10th December 2012
First Nations To Rally to Express OppositionTo The Harper Government’s Attacks on Aboriginal Rights

Idle No More!

Under what is being called a National Day of Action and Solidarity, First Nations and their supporters have organized more than 13 nation-wide rallies for Monday (December 10) to express opposition the legislation the Harper Government has put forward in Bill C-45 and other bills.

The movement, under the banner “Idle No More” (#IdleNoMore) emerged within the grassroots less than four weeks ago in Saskatchewan. It began as an effort to educate First Nations people on the multitude of legislation being put forward by the Harper government that they feel is a direct attack on the rights of First Nations. The organizers Sylvia McAdam, Jess Gordon, Nina Wilson and Sheelah Mclean began by organizing “teach-ins” to inform people.

On Dec. 2, when another Idle No More session was called in Alberta, more than 150 people drove into Louis Bull First Nation on a Sunday to hear what the presenters had to say. The organizer for that event, Tanya Kappo, took to Twitter and Facebook to help generate awareness on the matter as the passage of Bill C45 was imminent. Says Kappo, “the people in our communities had absolutely no idea what we were facing, no idea what plans Stephen Harper had in store for us.”

Sylvia McAdam, one of the organizers of the original Saskatchewan events stated, “We are not really surprised by the amount of support coming spontaneously from the grassroots and from the Chiefs, because we knew we could no longer stay silent in the face of what is a legislative attack on First Nation people and the lands and waters across the country.”

McAdam said, “Bill C 45 is not just about a budget, it is a direct attack on First Nations lands and on the bodies of water we all share from across this country.”

Opposition by First Nations to Bill C-45 garnered national attention last week during when 300 First Nations Chiefs marched on Parliament hill, and several Chiefs, led by Chief Fox, went inside Parliament to deliver a message to the government.

This refusal to allow First Nations leadership to respectfully enter the House of Commons triggered an even greater mobilization of First Nation people across the country.

Rallies will be held on Monday, December 10 in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Stand Off, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Goose Bay-Happy Valley.

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Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer and Toronto professor is reaching out with a large grassroots following. She was a candidate for Assembly of First Nations Chief in the last AFN election.

Idlenomore Dr. Pamela Palmater (Part 1)

Idlenomore Dr. Pamela Palmater (Part 2)

Idle No More Alberta - Dr. Pamela Palmater (Part 3)

Idle No More Alberta - Dr. Pamela Palmater (Part 4 last)

Russell Diabo and Pam Palmater discuss Bills on Indigenous Waves Radio Part 1 and 2

Decolonize Open Letter to AFN Shawn Atleo, Chiefs, Clan Mothers, Elders, Clans and all Nations
"The government of Canada is getting out ....
Comment by Janice Robinson on 10th December 2012
of the Indian business."

Thus declared Alec Bolton, staff member at Kitsumkalum treaty office. What he exactly meant by that is anybody's guess. Alec makes a good living selling the treaty process to anyone who will listen.

Aside from absconding with our earned, and much-deserved tax-free status, Alec states the Canadian government is also intent on using the enforcement of treaties to finally wash their hands of their Indian problem once and for all.

For these reasons (and many more), Tsimshian must reject all A.I.P.'s..... AND the treaty process.

Let us respect the suffering and dying of our ancestors, and be true to ourselves! Our tax-free status has been bought and paid for by the old ones who went before us. And, we have never ceded our territory to have to treaty to "own" bits and bites of it!