COMMENTARY · 20th December 2012
First, it is a matter of social and environmental justice. When corporate profit is privileged over the health of our lands and waters, we all suffer. When government stifles debate, democracy is diminished. Bill C-45 is just the latest in a slew of legislation that undermines Canadians’ rights. In standing against it, the First Nations are standing for us too.
Second, as Justice Linden of the Ipperwash Inquiry said, “we are all treaty people.” When our governments unilaterally impose legislation on the First Nations, they dishonour the Crown, they dishonour us, and they dishonour our treaty relationship. We are responsible for ensuring that our governments fulfill their commitments.
If our governments do not respect Indigenous and treaty rights, then the very legitimacy of the Canadian state — and thus of all our citizenship rights — is in doubt. That’s what Idle No More is about.
So, yes, Harper should meet with Spence. But a meeting alone will not suffice. Change requires action. It requires a shift in public consciousness.
It requires all of us being there, Dec. 21 and beyond, to “live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work toward justice in action, and protect Mother Earth”."
Comment by unctomato on 22nd December 2012
This old 'crazy whiteman' is heartened by IdleNoMore and I sincerely hope non-First Nations Canadians will climb off their sofas and defend our country from this neo-fascist autocrat who thinks a 40 per cent vote makes him the Leader. I only wish I lived close to a First Nations community or was wealthy enough to go and march with the young people (and the old) whoi have the intelligence and bravery to stand up.
we do care
Comment by old man 62 on 21st December 2012
We do care and I for one am proud to see First Nations standing up to this traitor Harper government. I'm ready to retire but I will stand with those who resist this government.As I've said before I fear beatings and jail but I have my grandbabys future in mind.