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It dates back just two months but a grassroots movement called Idle No More has gained a serious following and significant media attention through rallies, teach-ins, and social media.
Here are answers to some questions about Idle No More.
The movement says it wants to "stop the Harper government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Canadians."
The mission statement reads, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfils Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water."
The Idle No More Facebook group, which has about 45,000 members, says its purpose is "to support and encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights and our responsibilities to our Nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media."
In late October, four women in Saskatchewan began exchanging emails about Bill C-45, which had just been introduced in Ottawa. Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdams and Nina Wilsonfeld were concerned the bill would erode indigenous rights.
They decided to organize an event in Saskatoon, set for Nov. 10, and to help spread the word they turned to Facebook. They chose to call the page "Idle No More" as a motivational slogan.
A week after that small meeting, there were events in Regina, Prince Albert and North Battleford, Sask., and Winnipeg.
A movement was born. Exactly one month after that first meeting Idle No More held a National Day of Action in locations across the country.
That's the number of the bill introduced by the Harper government on Oct. 18 with the title, "A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012, and other measures."
The bill passed and then received royal assent on Dec. 14 and is now known as the "Jobs and Growth Act, 2012."
That doesn't sound like something that would spark a protest movement, especially an aboriginal rights movement. What's the issue?
C-45 is better known as the second omnibus budget bill. The act changes the legislation contained in 64 acts or regulations. The act itself runs over more than 400 pages.
The changes that most concern the Idle No More movement are the ones to these acts:
In addition to the changes, those involved in the movement were Read More »
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posted January 7, 2013 6:00 am est