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NEWS RELEASE · 8th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013


We, Idle No More’s founders and organizers, formally and respectfully REQUEST across Turtle Island (North America) and across our global community, on the first day of Spring, to light sacred fires, to gather sacred pipes and pipe-carriers, to gather sacred bundles and bundle carriers, to gather drums and drum-carriers, and for spiritual leaders, carriers of ceremonies, elders, young, and community members in all territories to unite in ceremony.

We call upon our women, men, two-spirited people, keepers of ceremonies, lodge-keepers, carriers of pipes (as well as bundles and drums), spiritual leaders, communities, elders, youth and everyone to begin by lighting Sacred Fires at sunrise on March 20th.

Throughout March 20th, our request for ceremonies is intended to:

- Strengthen the Movement

- Acknowledge and Honour the spiritual foundation of our Nations and the Movement

- Nourish the fire of our commitment to our Nations, Sovereignty, Treaties, and the Land

- Re-Forge/Heal partnerships, relationships, and reconnect our young people and communities to their names and clans, responsibilities, teachings, elders, and ceremonies

- Feast Clans, Sacred Items, Bundles, and to seek direction from Ceremonies

- Raise the voice of the Spirit of the Drum

- Draw upon Spirit to help challenge Canada’s violations to Treaty, Land, and Sovereignty

- Acknowledge that Women are taking the lead by honouring and empowering women as we honor and empower Mother Earth.

This is also intended to embed a spiritual and cultural foundation for the MARCH 21ST -IDLE NO MORE DAY OF ACTION taking place the next day, the MARCH 22ND WORLD WIDE WATER DAY, and in ALL days ahead as we continue with our momentum -together.

This call and request to HONOUR OUR SACRED FIRES and OUR NATIONS is put out one month in advance so proper time can be taken and proper protocol can be followed in each territory to seek and invite spiritual leaders, to determine appropriate locations, to plan for ceremony accordingly, and to spread the word to all regions, territories, and communities.

“Putting the Spirit First”

An Anishinaabe woman from the Treaty #3 territory recently shared that in all aspects of the movement, we should “put the spirit first.”

Beyond the political advocacy and assertions of Nationhood, she recounted the central role that major ceremonies such as shake-tents, sweats, and gatherings of pipes played in helping to defeat the 1969 White Paper.

Canada is actively passing nine legislation's that together function as the White Paper now in 2013 – in law form to neutralize our Nations, dismantle our connection to treaty, and to target the land we share.

We ask you to stand with us, to work together in solidarity in a good way, and for us all to ensure we are “putting the Spirit first” in our opposition to this matter, as well as in our unity.
The Journey to the Awakening of our Spirit together.
Comment by TheoldmansJournal on 8th March 2013
This Spring - March 20th - Equinox - is a DAY of Balance and Sacred Ceremony - a RED AND BLUE day started here on Turtle Island and then sent around the world.

A DAY OF SACRED CEREMONY has been called over the entire Turtle Island and around the world.

Imagine the Prayer of every Pipe Carrier and Water Carrier and Ceremonial person opening "their " Bundles and having the largest and most inclusive Sacred Ceremony this land has ever seen and Shared respectfully with those who come forward to Stand; combine this with the Equinox - a moment of balance between the Light and Dark - and the March 20 would begin the Indigenous Spring of 2013 around the Entire World.

We will watch and take direction from the Women and then network this concept of UNITY and the SACRED - shared openly with all who respect life. Then we are really talking a Movement of Spirit.

We are going to open our International Networks FULL ON - the reason - Ceremony has been called for on MARCH 20TH - Equinox - starting here on Turtle Island North America and as the world turns the Morning Star Prayer and Ceremony will be called for in EVERY TIME ZONE.

Then as the Sun Sets - a call for the reverse - a Prayer ceremony with the Waters of Life - and then an evening Feast and Gifting to each other.

This is the time we have all prayed for and shortly thereafter a Movement around the World from ALL the Women of the world will begin to form WORLD WIDE - the reason - our Human survival - and the time to SPRING INTO COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR CHANGE!

Blessings everyone for your help! Lets "CALL" the Change we want in our world. All it will take is 11% of the STANDING POPULATION OF THIS WORLD - and then watch the miracle of Life unfold.

Blessings - hope this gets discussed with the people around Turtle Island and also around the world. Lets bring about change through the choices me make individually and collectively.