Indigenous People of North America: "IDLE NO MORE"
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This is Big News.
Info from Wikepedia: "The protests have also spread outside of Canada. On 27 December an online source reported that there had been 30 protests in the United States, and solidarity protests in Stockholm, Sweden, London, UK, Berlin, Germany, Auckland, New Zealand, and Cairo, Egypt"
Does it make you wonder, "Who is Controlling What is On the News?"
The Flash Mob video below is from one of the few news reports on this: (Destiny, USA)
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It had a feeling of: "look how bad they are, just don't listen to what they are saying."
These news articles were listing information about tribal money and education. These have nothing to do with the IDLE NO MORE Movement.
I'm sure many are wondering: "Who should I believe...
the Major News Networks OR the Indians?"
Now that you have seen my face...
What RACE am I?
What group of people do you think I belong to?
You see that I'm a business professional in a regular midwest American Community...
Do I have any reason to lie to you about what is happening here?
I don't receive checks from the Tribes, benefit from any mining operations and I don't live on a reservation.
Perhaps people can more easily believe this truth when hearing it from someone like me? This is NOT about the "Indians" or "Natives" wanting more money, power or control.
This is about big government making decisions which affect these people and all the rest of us too.
The IDLE NO MORE Movement is about protecting natural resources and keeping our water clean and safe for all life. This is about preserving a Healthy Land which will be able to Support Life for future generations... so that our future Grandchildren may grow healthy food and have safe drinking water.
The public and the world deserve to know what's really going on here.
One of their complaints is that the Canadian government was changing laws, which make it easier for Indigenous Canadians to sell their tribal reservation land to non-native people.
This has happened before, with other reservations. When hard-times hit, they go in and offer to buy the land so they can afford to survive a little bit longer.
If they are allowed to easily sell it, then future generations may not have this opportunity. The Indian Reservations are very small in comparison to the vastness of North America which were the former borders of their "Indian Reservation." Should they really have to protest to force the governments to honor their treaties, so they may keep this small portion of land to live as tribal people?
The Tribal Leaders are asking that the Canadian Government not make it easy for the young people to sell their reservation land, to preserve having a place for future generations to live together as a "tribal community."
The Indigenous People of Canada are gathering with other Indigenous People of North America and all over the world. Non-Native Support is coming in from countries all over the world. The people of this Planet are coming together to support the IDLE NO MORE Movement.
You may have seen that they were standing in the road, blocking traffic or been present when they showed up at your local shopping mall; they played drums, sang and danced in a circle for
15-minutes and left just as quickly as they appeared.
This what they call a Flash Mob Round Dance.
It makes their presence known, they are seen and they are heard in a peaceful way.
This has not been covered by the News...
How else will people know what is happening to the Native People?
If you wonder why they are coming off the reservations and gathering in regular community places like shopping malls, let me inform you...
They are asking for your help and your support.
They come to the roads and shopping malls because they believe that the regular Canadian and American people are "good people."
They believe in you... please don't let them down.
Those who didn't know why the Natives were at the shopping malls likely did a google search for the words "IDLE NO MORE," which were on the signs many of the dancers carried as they danced.
It also shows the governments just how much support the Indigenous people have and it gets their attention because many of their supporters don't appear to be "Natives." It's true that many supporters are non-native people, but many of them are actually mixed-blood people, who are no longer easy to identify visually or socially as "Indians."
The Blood-Quantum laws in the U.S. and Canada which ensured that eventually there would be no "Indians" left to inherit the reservation land are the very same laws which stopped the registration of mixed-blood Native Descendants.
Nobody knows "how many of us" there are, we live and look just like everyone else.
You already know and love us... we are your many friends, co-workers, spouses and neighbors. When your loved-ones stand with "Idle No More," will you stand with them?
Personally, most people I know are mixed-blood Native Descendants and they feel a deep connection to their "Tribe of People," even if they aren't recognized there anymore.
Even if the mixed-blood Native Descendants are no longer recognized or accepted as "Indians," they still remember "WHO THEY ARE."
They remember their Grandparents and Great Grandparents were raised in the Reservation Mission Schools which had a 50% Mortality rate.
They remember hearing the stories from their Grandparents and feeling lucky just to be alive because their Grandparent survived the Mission Schools.
They remember being angry with "white people" for what happened to their Native Grandparents and they remember how long they felt guilty whenever the "white face" looked back at them from the mirror.
Mixed-blood Native Descendants are NOT really ashamed of the Native Blood which still runs through their veins. As you can see, at these events, when push comes to shove... they rise up, rejoin "The People" and they answer the call to "IDLE NO MORE."
Idle No More describes themselves this way:
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