If you have listened to Ms. McAdam, you will doubtless relate her description to a more global affliction… she pinpoints patriarchy / plutocracy as the anchor of abuse. In November of 2012, together with Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean and Nina Wilsonfeld, Sylvia McAdam took a stand in Saskatoon against PM Harper’s agenda as presented within Bill C-45; a bill which seeks to obliterate Indigenous Rights for the purpose of plundering First Nations land resources and the Ancestor cultures. The sistahs used Facebook (Idle No More), and then Twitter (#IdleNoMore
@IdleNoMore), to put out a message of resistance; a call to all Indigenous Peoples across the planet to the cause and they named it: Idle No More. A movement was set in motion and a National Day of Action was determined. On that day Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario began her hunger strike in Ottawa to gain the serious attention of Minister Stephen Harper and procure a meeting concerning all First Nations’ rights in contrast to the proposed Bill C-45. (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:
- Indian Act.
- Navigation Protection Act (former Navigable Waters Protection Act).
- Environmental Assessment Act.
In addition to the changes, those involved in the movement were angered by what they call a lack of consultation with indigenous peoples. The movement has also expressed concern about other acts and bills from the Harper government. – Huffington Post
For the an honest / more detailed historical understanding of what is happening here:
Mr. Diabo presents an much needed education on what has been done to Indigenous communities – even in historical context of the evolution of large centralized imperial governments diminishing and destroying all cultures since before Rome. His commentary is filled with historically repetitive and relative issues that our Ancestor cultures have faced, often to their death. Indigenous Peoples today living in conscious awareness and dynamic sustainable community life, a harmony with the environment, are all facing extinction; in the dispersing of their culture through invasion and theft of their land for the resource spoils. Corporate greed and banking owns the primary “leadership” (governments) on our planet… we all face the same darkness urging our species extinction. Idle No More is the revolt of First Nations, but certainly it’s not the first action of an intolerant population that is reaching out to one another and forming a COMMUNITY on a global level to STAND and say ENOUGH. Mr. Diabo’s commentary is a wake up for all…. it’s relationship with all communities is evident in the ongoing global revolution.
There is something else going on here. No one has been posting or talking about it in the intertubes yet… it’s a revival … for First Nations… a revival of the GhostDance.
I wear a shirt embroidered with Goddess wheels and Celtic knots of Ancestral distinction… to join this GhostDance, calling my Ancestors to help remind me of my own Indigenous quality of culture and I’m urging you to join in. It’s an act of taking personal responsibility for yourself and remembering our commitment in Spirit to all life and all People. There is a spiritual transformation taking place in our world. It’s born in the vacancy of morality within our leadership and our societies among People who have been abused by this kind of plutocracy and are willing to change the world with a greater sense of the future than profit… it’s the teaching our Ancestors left to us in all manner of architecture and monument… we are being observed by the coming generations. All People are abused by leadership and profiteers, it’s awakening to that knowing and joining one another for the greater good, for the COMMUNITY. We build for the generations to come like our Ancestors built for us. You might as well say it’s a global revival of moral responsibility in societies across the planet.
At its very core, all of these movements have very common threads and are born from common issues facing people everywhere. Those who represent financial interests that value money over life itself, that are devoid of basic respect for human decency, and for nature have dictated the future for too long and people everywhere are standing up to say, “No more.” This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of governments around the world. - Jacob Devaney
The overall message here is GET INVOLVED. It’s not 20 years down the road, or even 5 years down the road that the crisis of extinction is playing out. It’s RIGHT NOW. Join the The GhostDance. It’s got the 1% as frightened now as it did when they outlawed it nearly 200 years ago. We are changing the world.
*Somewhere in the Star Nations Tommy “Spotted Calf” Veal is looking down and smiling.*