Oh boy. I sure picked the wrong day to be felled by the flu eh? Because I wanted so much to be there.
But even on the small TV in my
As members of the federal government and First Nations community met behind closed doors today, demonstrators marched in communities across Canada in support of the Idle No More movement, echoing calls from a hunger striking Ontario chief for indigenous sovereignty.
Thousands and thousands of First Nations people and their allies demonstrating and dancing together, and sending out the message: the time for justice has arrived. Finally.
And these are not requests, they are DEMANDS.
Of course, Stephen Harper did manage to cause some divisions in the ranks by trying to turn the meeting into just another photo-op. But he was forced to sit through the whole thing instead of just dropping in and out as he had planned.
Which must have been painful...
He's clearly on the defensive.
After four hours of talks Friday, First Nations leaders came out of the meeting with a pledge from Harper for talks on treaty relationships and comprehensive claims.
And this will ensure that the Idle No More movement gets even stronger:
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan told reporters the Conservative government will not give in to demands to reconsider the parts of the omnibus budget implementation bills C-38 and C-45 the Assembly of First Nations argued contravene their treaty and inherent rights.
And that it will be supported by even more Canadians, who also want to save their land from the Con regime and their Big Oil masters.
Damn. What more could I ask for eh? Even in my present condition. Except that the hideous bullies in the MSM stop attacking Chief Theresa Spence.
For they were at it again today. Beating up on her, questioning her motives, or just distorting the truth.
And it's so disgusting.
The Attawapiskat angle was so much more tabloid-friendly than history. It was character assassination by dull razor blade. There was no documentation for the expenditure of millions of dollars in public monies. There was no due diligence. She drove a fancy car. She gave her boyfriend a job. And by the way, the boyfriend once went bankrupt. When Indians weren’t sniffing glue, getting stoned or sobering up in the drunk tank, they were taking the public for a ride.
And so obviously just another drive by smear from Harper and his ghastly Cons.
When Chief Spence is a humble, decent, woman who has contributed mightily to this great First Nations rising. Has endured deprivation to draw attention to the plight of her people.
And is dearly loved by them...
There are of course many dangers ahead on the road to justice, and a brighter future for aboriginal kids.
Because Stephen Harper is capable of anything. And now he's running scared, so he's even more dangerous.
For even he must know that if this revolt spreads it could destabilize his government, torpedo his plans to sell us out to Big Oil, and eventually bring his rotten Con regime crashing to the ground.
Wow. What a thought, and what a day. I started off thinking that I could die of the flu and never live to see Harper and his gang being led off to jail, or put on a plane to Alberta, or Alabama. Which almost finished me off eh?
Only to end up sitting up in bed, feeling a lot better now that happy day is even closer. And beating a big book with a wooden spoon to practice for the next demo.
For there will be many.
Way to go everybody. You were awesome.
And this is just the BEGINNING...
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