Idle No More!
In Canada, home of some of the largest climate criminals on earth, a new movement has taken up and is rocking the country. Under the slogan „idle no more“, which means something like „don’t hesitate“ or „get going!“, First Nation activists have risen up. They are part of indigeneous communities like the Cree. These groups are persistently harassed by the policies of governments in Canada and the USA. Large part of their protest evolves around ecological issues like access to land and water, ownership of natural resources and the struggle against their exploitation. The missions statement goes as following:
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
Hundreds or even thousands of effected people and those showing their solidarity with them turn up at rallies. The face seems to be Chief Theresa Spence, a Attawapiskat leader who is in hunger-strike right now. She says she is willing to die for her people. This is the real deal – this is what resistance looks like.
The people are not speaking for 99% of the country, they speak for justice. Their fight is our’s (the German Climate Movement’s) and it is more honest, more real and more what people care about, that lousy bankers in nice suits. I don’t want to misspell the Occupy-movement, but it had several mistakes. One of them: they lacked a clear mission, a clear goal and a clear enemy. Ideo no more is protesting against a specific bill which cuts down on Native Americans / First Nation’s rights. There is a clear attacker-vs-attacked theme and you can connect the large struggles of our time – against climate-capitalism, neo-colonialism and racism – to it. It would be great to see the Climate Movement in Europe to take up their butt’s and show solidarity with their Canadian brothers and sisters.
Already some say, „the Idle No More movement — if left unattended — could snowball into the biggest challenge Harper has encountered since he was first elected as prime minister seven years ago this month.“ (The Star)