Idle No More - PRESS RELEASE December 2012

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Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people. The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something. It became very evident that the women MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system.

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Two decades ago, Indigenous resistance to colonialism moved Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP). The goal of the commission was to establish the steps necessary for restoring a just relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.

~ Resetting and Restoring the Relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada


"Resetting and Restoring the Relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada" summarizes key elements from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and includes links to Idle No More websites.

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John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay colony considered this wave of illness and death [among Natives] to be a divine miracle. He wrote to a friend in England, "But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection.
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