Thursday, January 17, 2013
Why We Should Thank Idle No More
I was glad to see that Idle No More's Day of Action took the movement's message to Canadians.
Loudly but peacefully.
From downtown Toronto to Vancouver Island, protesters ramped up weeks of demonstrations to another level, still peaceful, stopping traffic on busy highways and major rail lines, forcing Canadians to stop and listen.
And also glad to see that organizers like Stan Beardy, the AFN's Ontario regional chief, pointed out that the demonstrations are aimed at the Con regime.
In the face of protest-related delays for thousands of Canadians, Beardy hopes the public understands the fight isn't aimed at them. He also hopes they take the time to listen to Aboriginal concerns about Bill C-45, the second omnibus Bill C-45, which passed last month.
“Our fight is with the Harper government and we want the general public to understand that,” he said.
Because some Canadians clearly to be educated.
So that they can understand that they should be thanking the Idle No More movement for putting up a roadblock in the path of Stephen Harper's energy juggernaut.
Certainly the prime minister has shown a ruthlessness in pursuing his goal of energy superpowerdom. He has gutted long-standing Canadian laws protecting the environment, ramming changes through Parliament last December as part of his controversial omnibus bill. He has thumbed his nose at global efforts to tackle climate change, revoking Canada’s commitment to Kyoto.
But, while there’s been some resistance from provincial governments, opposition parties, and environmentalists, Ottawa’s energy juggernaut has continued to surge ahead. At least until now. With the First Nations, Harper may have met his Waterloo.
Instead of mouthing off like ignorant rednecks at those who are fighting our battles...
And are challenging the Con regime harder than it has ever been challenged before.
But of course the best thing those ignorant ones can do is do what a wise old Chief once suggested:
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Or in this case, don't criticize a people until you've walked two hundred years in their shoes...
Their cause is just. Their cause is beautiful.
Their cause is OURS.
Destabilize this foul Con regime.
Idle No More...
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