IDLE NO MORE (INM) – One year later with the original founding members of INM
IDLE NO MORE: Founders of the Idle No More movement; Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam, and Jessica Gordon were selected to be part of a prestigious group of the Top 100 global thinkers in 2013 by Foreign Policy Magazine. Other people on that list included Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Pope Francis.
One year ago Idle No More was in full force by December 10th which is recognized as the National Day of Action which saw the movement intensify. The newly formed Idle No More movement sparked flash mobs, demonstrations, and teach-ins heard around the world. One year later flash mobs have made a comeback as well as a number of demonstrations across the country.
“What began as a series of teach-ins throughout Saskatchewan to protest impending parliamentary bills that will erode Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections, has now changed the social and political landscape of Canada.” Idle No More
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One year later with Idle No More founders; Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum and Jessica Gordon
“Idle No More has changed me forever. INM has moved people globally and has created an awareness of our mother earth. This first year has been incredible, we had hoped to reach people and our hope has been exceeded. INM has reached into the homes of people, a dialogue of protecting our Treaties, our Indigenous sovereignty, land and water has been ignited. Idle No More is armed with nothing more than our songs and our drums; its a peaceful and prayerful revolution. This year has inspired our young people to be proud and resist the continued colonization of our lands and waters, I consider that a success for Idle No More”
“Do not wait for others to do what you know is necessary. Think critically. Empower yourself and others. Seek out like minded people to help you accomplish the work. There are many paths, tactics and strategy. As long as we are all working towards the same goal and don’t give up, we will remain a voice and force that is never going away. I could speak on the history, legislation and so many other issues but I feel that if we have the chance to empower others to take up or continue this fight, we have that responsibility to do so.”