Date(s) - 12/28/2012
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Category(ies) No Categories
Note: This is Not a Rally or a Demonstration But a Peaceful Act of Solidarity, Unity and Hope
Support the Idle No More movement. Join the flash mob Round Dance, December 28th, at 3 p.m., at Washington Square.
Idle No More is a movement to assert indigenous sovereignty, and to work towards sustainable, renewable development. The movement began in response to Canadian Bill C-45, the government’s omnibus budget implementation bill, that includes changes to land management on reservations which critics feel would enable Canada to control reserves. Along with other areas limiting the control of First Nations in their own territories.
As flash mobs and support continue to grow around the world, back where it all began, Attawapiskat First Nation chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike protest now reaching 16 days. In the United States, Mishkomekinaak Ikwe began a journey from International Falls, Minnesota on her way to Washington, D.C. today. Ikwe is leading a car caravan to D.C. to urge President Barack Obama to call on Stephen Harper to meet with chief Spence and end her hunger strike.
While we flash mob and Round Dance beneath the arch at Washington Square Park, all over the country, others in the United States will be doing the same. Earlier in the day, there will be a flash mob in Sacramento, California, on the West Steps of the State Capitol at noon and again in downtown Sacramento at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday, December 29, at Cherry Creek Mall in Denver, Colorado another Round Dance is planned for 1:30 p.m. One of the most recent flash mobs was Wednesday, December 26 at the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, Iowa.
“There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals, and particularly encourages youth to become engaged in this movement, as the leaders of our future,” the press release states. “[Idle No More] also recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.”
The group, in an effort to unify its fronts, have released a plan of action:
- Support and encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights and responsibilities to Native nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media.
- Build relationships and create understanding with allies across Canada.
- Take steps to contribute to building relationships with international agencies such as the United Nations to raise awareness to the conditions indigenous people have been subjected to and assert sovereignty in the international arena.
- Acknowledge and honor the hard work of all grassroots people who have worked, and continue to work towards these goals and are the true inspiration.
The above is based on a excerpt from Indian Country’s, “Idle No More Gaining Momentum and Forming Plan of Action”.