Saturday, December 22, 2012
Idle No More: The Sounds of Resistance
It was a wonderful sound. A glorious sound that made my spirit soar like a bird.
The sounds of native drums beating all over North America.
Native protesters across Canada pounded their drums in unison Friday demanding treaty negotiations between Ottawa and aboriginal chiefs throughout the country.
Supporters of the 18 Idle No More rallies staged throughout the continent say their resistance to the Harper Government is just beginning.
The sounds of resistance. The sounds of a people's movement that is Idle No More.
In the spirit of preserving what we have always seen as a sacred tie to the land, and strengthening our culture, First Nations people across the country are banding together like never before.
When we think of the Oka crisis of 1990, we all think of that one shot of the warrior and the soldier, which instilled pride in so many First Nations people across the country. That same potential is here. This time, there are thousands more people from all First Nations willing to put their faces on history. The interesting question will be who else joins in.
I love everything about this new movement. I love the way the First Nations, the most oppressed people in the country, are now leading the struggle against the Con regime.
Trying to stop it from defiling our land, or poisoning its lakes and rivers. Refusing to surrender. In a country where so many surrender so easily.
I love the way Chief Theresa Spence is putting her life on the line for her people.
In a country where so many people are so apathetic, they don't even bother to vote.
And I absolutely love the way the Idle No More movement is using social media to make the voices of native youth heard by a larger audience.
Helping to organize their protests, and unleash their creativity
Just like the Occupy kids tried to do before they were crushed.
Or the young in Quebec did and won.
For it is all the same struggle.
Which is why I will march with the Idle No More movement like I marched with the others. Because I firmly believe that only by creating a mass movement of resistance can we hope to change the world.
And stop the Harper Cons from destroying our country.
Once I marched to the sound of his drum.
And said this is what democracy looks like.
Now I march to the sound of other drums.
And say this is what freedom sounds like...
And isn't it GLORIOUS?
All together now.
Down with the Con regime.
Long live the Canadian resistance...
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