Idle No More is for everyone (10 photos) Friday, March 22, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
Yesterday marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and a small but devoted group of concerned citizens gathered at the Highway 17/17B junction in Garden River to protest the cultural and environmental impact of Bill C-45.
Not a blockade, traffic was diverted from Highway 17B to Highway 17 as drivers received information regarding Bill C-45.
Imposed without consultation with Canada's indigenous people, and in direct violation of treaty rights, provisions contained within Bill C-45 drastically alter a number of environmental protections which affect all Canadians.
The passing of Bill C-45 sparked the Idle No More movement across the nation.
A release issued by the office of the prime minister on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination states:
"The diversity that exists in Canada is something we cherish, for our nation has been greatly enriched by over 200 cultures that make up our country. Indeed, our reputation as a free and just country depends on our stance against practices such as racial discrimination, and we must always work hard to live up to that reputation."
"If you look over the last 30 or 40 years and the promises made by the government that they're going to do something, they never do it," Chief Lyle Sayers of Garden River First Nation told SooToday.com. "It was suggested a while back that we meet with the chiefs and the prime minister in high-level meetings. Two months have gone by without a peep."
"We're back here because nobody's listening. We need to get the information out," he continued. "We're trying to educate the Canadian public with regards to the environment. It's our job to make sure everyone knows what's in that bill."
Chief Sayers said actions and initiatives of the Idle No More movement will pick up speed over the next few months - actions that some claim only increases the rift between the intention of Idle No More and those who disagree with or don't understand it.
Chief Sayers disagrees, citing an increase in communication he's received from non-native citizens wishing to find out more and thanking the local movement for its actions.
"A lot of people don't care about these environmental issues and it's unfortunate. Somebody's got to get the message out and that's what we're doing," he said. "If you don't like what we're doing, I'm sorry. But we have to protect Mother Earth. So that's what we're going to do."
Locally, Chief Sayers spoke of two upcoming demonstrations, one of which will protest the development of Pointe Estates which will destroy vital wetlands in Prince Township.
Another demonstration is in the works for the year's Earth Day on Monday, April 22.
Everyone, natives and non-native alike, is invited to participate.
The aforementioned news released issued yesterday by the office of the prime minister follows.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
On this day, I encourage all Canadians to fight against racial and ethnic discrimination whenever and wherever it occurs.
We as a country do not tolerate any form of discrimination, and recognize the very real societal and economic damage that these attitudes cause to communities, families and individuals.
The diversity that exists in Canada is something we cherish, for our nation has been greatly enriched by over 200 cultures that make up our country.
Indeed, our reputation as a free and just country depends on our stance against practices such as racial discrimination, and we must always work hard to live up to that reputation.
To this end, our Government will continue to work at home and abroad with our partners to combat racial and ethnic discrimination in all its manifestations.
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Nats85 3/22/2013 12:27:38 PM Report
lol...here we go....
S.Claus 3/22/2013 12:32:47 PM Report
Part of bill C-45 is to make the First Nations more accountable for the MILLIONS of dollars that we TAXPAYERS give them. Now you know what they are really protesting about. ILLEGAL Blockades are still illegal blockades.
troubador 3/22/2013 12:43:02 PM Report
If in fact, the First Nations care so much about Mother Earth ,why are they not against the wind turbines going up at Montreal River..on the shores of Lake Superior..In 20 years these turbines are going to be tons of garbage
on the shore and no one will say who is going to be responsible for the cleanup..
HONEST1 3/22/2013 12:46:27 PM Report
I really believe idle no more only relates to native issues. Don't put me in the same category as the idle no more protester!!!!!! I work and contribute to the Canadian tax system and don't have my hand out looking for a freeby. I will pay for my own health care and pay for my kids university education!!!!
the_mage 3/22/2013 12:46:52 PM Report
Where does it say my taxpayer money goes to the aboriginals?
Where can I find the proof to that?
Do you have a link?
gassman 3/22/2013 1:03:54 PM Report
heres a link to how much they really care about mother earth, this proves they just want more money and they are trying to pull the wool over canadians by saying they are fighting for all of us when really they just want more money.
this is a joke.
they fight over racial, aboriginal women abuse and murder, lands, wanting more money ect... this is not just happening to aboriginals it is happening to all canadians, white women get raped and beaten all the time. it is not acceptable for anyone to have to go throught this.
sootodayreader 3/22/2013 1:04:52 PM Report
I'd like to see them desecrate a US flag like that.
Committing crimes like blocking highways and desecrating flags would certainly land a white guy in jail.
We are all Canadian's and should all be treated the same. Forget treaties and reserves that only seem to prosper the chiefs who use the people on reserves as ponds. Join the rest of Canada. Protest the fact there are no viable businesses on the reserves except casinos, smoke stands and bingo halls no matter how many billions of government aid have poured in.
gassman 3/22/2013 1:07:04 PM Report
maybe us canadian need to start having peacefull protest when there wind turbines start comming to montreal river and delay there plans just like they delay us with all there peacfull protest pffff.
the_mage 3/22/2013 1:07:24 PM Report
Okay, so what if the reservations tax non tribal members for buying their cigarettes?
That would be a funny turn out.
the_mage 3/22/2013 1:08:46 PM Report
It's funny to generalize, BUT most of my native friends work and pay their taxes.
Nats85 3/22/2013 1:19:54 PM Report
All the people in those pictures in this protest are working people. lol. Quit generalizing your responses.
tommy_boi07 3/22/2013 1:24:36 PM Report
Troubador the alternative to the wind turbines are cause a lot more pollution than the turbines themselves, would you rather have acid rain from coal fired plants or figure out what to do with nuclear waste. In my opinion, supporting wind turbines is caring for "mother earth"
tommy_boi07 3/22/2013 1:28:04 PM Report
And if they' really do feel that idle no more relates to everybody, why did they choose the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination to hold their first local protest in months?
the_mage 3/22/2013 1:29:16 PM Report
I stand corrected, I meant it is funny to hear or read the generalizations.
Going to try and read up what C-45 means to Canadians...
the_mage 3/22/2013 1:30:23 PM Report
Perhaps to have an open mind and no discrimination?
Zing 3/22/2013 1:41:13 PM Report
Oh but they DO charge tax on cigarettes and tobacco, then get all the tax charged to customers back from the government after filling out a form.
Millions of dollars worth of tobacco is filtered through reserves daily to retailers.
ThinkAgain 3/22/2013 1:48:35 PM Report
You only here of First Nations when they want more money. These are just excuses.
All they have done was changed the name of the protest.
I'm completely against what they are doing.
the_mage 3/22/2013 1:53:21 PM Report
LOL can any of you experts tell me what this s#1+ means?
Anybody want to step up to the plate?
Maybe we can clear some air.
MikeQ 3/22/2013 1:57:54 PM Report
The Chief says there are lots of non-natives in support of this, but whenver I read the paper or talk to people I know, it's the complete opposite... hmmmmm
learningaswego 3/22/2013 2:38:08 PM Report
The INM is "for everyone", but it should be obvious that "next to no-one" is interested.
what's that tell 'ya?
the_mage 3/22/2013 2:41:04 PM Report
tells me nobody knows a damn thing or people are just plain stupid.
learningaswego 3/22/2013 2:52:44 PM Report
Yeah, that's it.
Tens of millions might disagree, but you've nailed it. Yeah.
3rd times a charm 3/22/2013 3:05:06 PM Report
It would appear that besides being totally out in left field regarding what Idle No More is all about, you great thinkers have it all figured out.
No, not ALL Natives are on welfare; this bill has affected each and every one of us--read it and weep!
NO, I'm not considered Native, even though my family has been here for 400 years, but I am an extremely active person who is applauding this movement which has spread world wide.
Yes, I did hobble down the street for the protest on Queen Street a couple months ago--and YOU should have been there too..
This is NOT just about Natives--this is about all humans on every continent...otherwise, why are they also protesting in England, France, Africa, Mexico, the USofA, Canada, Austrailia etc etc etc...
Idle No More means get up off the chair, step away from the computer and get involved--unless you like the way herr harpo is ruining this country...
And when they come for you, who will stand up for you?
HowAbooutSomeLogic 3/22/2013 3:40:36 PM Report
@3rd times a charm
Thank you! That makes at least two of us who understand the far reaching implications of the omnibuses passed by Supreme Leader Harper.
Admittedly, the 'Idle No More' marketing team failed to include the other bills that would have truly made every Canadian feel like they belonged to the movement the way every native does and most cannot see past the extreme media bias. (You've all been indoctrinated so well! Hooraaaay!)
Unfortunately, the rest of you are too selfish, scared, ignorant and naive to see what's right around the corner......
hint : you'll wish you had it as "good" as every native living on a reserve
have a good day!
AceOfBass 3/22/2013 3:47:23 PM Report
The movement would get more attention here if they protested over the 91 unit subdivision over on the wetlands at Point Louise.Instead of upsetting travelers on the highway make the protest count .Pointe Estates is the issue and affects everybody.
Grizz72 3/22/2013 4:11:15 PM Report
to the_mage, can you show me where it says that we dont pay for aboriginals, can you show me where all these protest help the common man, women or child, I pay taxes do the aboriginals (no) do they pay for there schooling (no) do they pay for there housing (no) express to me what they do pay for, if you cannot do this then dont bother commenting on my post or anyone elses here as i am sick of all the whining and crying going on in the sault area about what bill c45 or what ever the hell it is, the true fact is the native community gets away with murder in this town and i would think that they do not want to screw up a good thing, anymore comments please keep to your self and so will I. Thanks
mc_99g1 3/22/2013 4:12:36 PM Report
The Soo is full of racist people. I am ashamed to tell people I come from there
I'm In 3/22/2013 4:19:00 PM Report
Just continue to vote PC/Harper and believe me you'll be more than Idling No More. All of you native bashers on this site will get your day, this Bill C-45 will hurt every Canadian read what its all about instead of being racist in your posts. Oh and before you post your racist comments learn how to spell because it shows you didn't go too far in school.
the_mage 3/22/2013 4:33:30 PM Report
Aw, did I touch a nerve grizzly? Nobody stepped up to the plate on what the bill meant.
As for the link I posted, it is from our beloved government. I was just wondering how this bill affects ALL of us Canadians.
As for posting, I do believe I have every right just as much as others to post my opinion. Without bashing anybody. I just like to shall we say, try to churn the intellectual minds of this site.
Keep your thank you fella. Save it for your anger management classes.
blue diamond 3/22/2013 4:40:34 PM Report
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This quote applies to us, the government, and protesters.
the_mage 3/22/2013 4:48:58 PM Report
true dat blue diamond...
Freddie Dee 3/22/2013 5:52:07 PM Report
well how bout this one........you all consider yourselves Canadian Citizens, maybe the tax you pay is because you are all immigrants living on FIRST NATION lands. Your paying the government for living here. First Nations don't pay because this is our country, all of you came from over seas or at least that's how history tells it.... consider that....Just saying ;)
Christina216 3/22/2013 5:53:25 PM Report
grizz72..yes natives that work off reserve pay taxes..yes they pay for their houses..and yes some of them have to pay for school.
yE oLdE eNgLiSh 3/22/2013 7:52:58 PM Report
I'll grab my coat (door closes)
mac2 3/22/2013 9:58:04 PM Report
good to see more idle no more, supporting a good cause. to the whiners,keep trying to think of anything you can to discredit people that are actually doing something for their cause, :), and a little fyi, your taxes don't go to the native people, might wanna look into that before spewing facts you know nothing about. to imply that natives dont work and get everything free just goes to show the mentality of of some of the people on here, which i like. keep the hate coming, they have big shoulders. your little retard remarks will have no effect, bahahahahaahahahaha
lemongin 3/22/2013 10:23:22 PM Report
It's good to see that Idle No More is still trying to make people aware. I am not of Native ancestry, but I have supported this motion since I first heard about it. Keep up the good work and let the haters be just that, but also know that you have supporters of all races. IDLE NO MORE
3rd times a charm 3/22/2013 11:41:32 PM Report
So nice to see there are some educated, non-racists in the crowd.
Bill C-45 covers everything from child molesters, medical cannabis, old age pensions, and hundreds of other issues, including treaties--none of which have anything to do with anything else!!
Please educate yourself and read how many issues are included with this and all the Omnibus bills being shoved down our throats by herr harpor and his group of brown shirts. (Some of you may not be old enough to understand that--check your history books..KRYSTALLNACHT IS NOT FAR AWAY -- even our archives are not safe under these new bills.)
There was a wonderful, peaceful protest today--I see none of you were there to support them; and not one of you showed up to voice your racist rhetoric either. That would be too honest to actually show up and spew your hate mano a mano.
How is it that everyone in the whole world EXCEPT you that wants to live in poverty, on welfare, suffering from centuries of degradation, abuse (sexual, physical and emotional), and death while the good 'christians' in the world destroyed your life, removed you from your homes, took away your language, your way of life, took your property, promised you gold and gave you glass...
Wake up, stop watching main stream media and take a step in the right direction--this is the end of the world as we know it--
Because we are Idle No More, the world will become a better place for everyone...including you backseat commentators, who know nothing about everything...except how to spew hatred and negativity.
For those who are with me-- I AM CANADIAN, IDLE NO MORE AND DAMNED PROUD OF IT...and I'll say it to your face :D
3rd times a charm 3/22/2013 11:48:57 PM Report
tommy_boi07 3/22/2013 1:28:04 PM Report
And if they' really do feel that idle no more relates to everybody, why did they choose the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination to hold their first local protest in months********************
I take it you live under a rock right?
Tom_Bom 3/23/2013 1:36:27 PM Report
Harper releasing that statement... lol. It's just kind of ironic. Doesn't he know that about 90% of the people who demonstrated or participated on that day, dislike him as our PM?
Vindicator 3/23/2013 5:42:45 PM Report
Mother Earth....give me a break, these people have no more respect for this planet than anyone else. Do you believe for one minute they have a better understanding of this earth than the rest of us? Their ancestors, who cares, we all have ancestors and it doesn't give any of us special privileges to foist our views on the rest of society. This is the 21st century not the 18th and it is about time these people pulled themselves into this century. If they truly believe in the way of life of their ancestors then give up EVERYTHING that was not part of their ancestors life; cars, trucks, snowmobiles, atvs, rifles, guns, horses, plumbing, electricity, just to name a few items. What have these people contributed to modern society, all they do is make more and more demands it is never ending. They are also just as bigoted and racist as any society in this world.
3rd times a charm 3/23/2013 11:00:20 PM Report
Vindicator...try a little education...surf the net and learn something, rather that spew that same old argument.
The people who live on the reserves that are in the far north/in swamps/in frozen trundra do live off the land. Some of them bought snow machines instead of using dog sleds...whoo hoo--recklessly spending money on something that could help sustain their way of life..heaven forbid they have a TV that gets 1 or 2 channels...
Europeans put them there, and the Natives made a life out of the poor lands they were herded into until the Christians came in and stole, raped, and killed their children, right up into the 1970's...ask anyone within driving distance of Spanish...or look in the basement of Shingwalk Hall and Algoma U...
Again, and I will speak slowly so you get it:
I D L E N O M O R E I S N O T A 'NATIVE' O N L Y I S S U E!
Wake the f**k up!
Vindicator 3/24/2013 5:54:12 PM Report
3rd times a charm, you are an ignorant, uneducated, ill-informed idiot that spews the usual rhetoric. You have the audacity to pretend to know the realities of the Indians plight. You know nothing as is evidenced by your response and the need to revert to the use of foul language. Perhaps if you withdrew your cranium from your rectum you might learn a few things about this world.
Big specks no wammies 3/25/2013 9:45:02 AM Report
C-45=176-06=CONSERVATION AUTHORITH BOARD GETTING SUED= CONTROVERCY AND LAWYERS MAKEING BIG MONEY WITH DISPUTES FROM CORPORATE WHORES TRYING TO MANIPULATE POLICIES AND GETTING CAUGHT!!!
IDLE NO MORE? DOES IT EFFECT YOU? AND WHO IS CALLING nimby?
LET SCIENCE AND REASON PREVAIL
Big specks no wammies 3/25/2013 9:48:18 AM Report
VINDICATOR- MASHED POTATER, RIGHT WING IGNORAMUS-SEE YOU LATER
Big specks no wammies 3/25/2013 9:48:22 AM Report
VINDICATOR- MASHED POTATER, RIGHT WING IGNORAMUS-SEE YOU LATER