#J11 Idle No More Actions, Powell River BC [Video]
On January 11th, 2013, The Tla’Amin community hosted a number of events on Coast Salish Territories, Powell River, BC in support and solidarity with the Idle No More movement.
What is the Idle No More movement?
“The Idle No More movement, initially started by women, is a peoples’ movement that empowers Indigenous peoples to stand up for their Nations, lands, treaties and sovereignty. This movement is unique because it is purposefully distanced from political and corporate influence. There is no elected leader, no paid Executive Director, and no bureaucracy or hierarchy which determines what any person or First Nation can and can’t do. There are no colonial-based lines imposed on who joins the movement and thus issues around on & off-reserve, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty, man or woman, elder or youth, chief or citizen does not come into play. This movement is inclusive of all our peoples.” - Idle No More spokesperson
The day began with a speak out with elders from Tla’amin, voicing their support for the Idle No More movement, support for Chief Theresa Spence, and concerns with Bill C-45. There was a short march led by the women and vehicle procession with the elders to local MLA Nicholas Simon’s office. On march back to the ferry terminal, there was a short interaction with the RCMP, where the women asserted their rights to demonstrate peacefully, and carried on without incident.
Later in the day, a gathering organized by the Tla’amin Youth took place, which included speaking with the Eagle feather, singing and dancing. After the prayer song, Eagle let us know he had heard us loud and clear, by flying overhead.
The youth then led a march, drumming, singing and laughing through the streets in a powerful show of solidarity, not only with each other, but with their brothers and sisters across the globe.
More from Powell River (hover over the link and click):
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOLR8rJ2cg0 Blessing of the Floor
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzcV-uoMe3U Killer Whale Dance
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2tlqakEHi8 Prayer Song
- http://www.ustream.tv/courtneypfb Live Coverage Archives
For updates on upcoming Idle No More events and actions, you can follow the #IdleNoMore hashtag on twitter, or visit the Idle No More website.
Some of these photos are also featured in the Photographers Without Borders Idle No More project.
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