PRESS ADVISORY: Idle No More Rally, 1/11/13, at noon in the Town Square Park, Anchorage, AK
CONTACT: Kirby Spangler 907-982-0908, or Heather McCausland, 907-232-7345, firstname.lastname@example.org
Idle No More Movement Catches Fire in Alaska
Alaskan Native Peoples and allies join the Idle No More Movement day of Global Action
Anchorage, AK - Indigenous people and allies from across Alaska will gather in Town Square on Friday in solidarity with the Idle No More Movement for indigenous sovereignty sweeping across Canada and the Globe. Alaska’s Idle No More Event will emphasize the issues that Alaska’s Indigenous Peoples face concerning sovereignty, subsistence rights, environment, health and well-being, culture, and spirituality. This will be a peaceful Rally. We are drumming, singing, dancing, praying and giving voice to the Spirit of our lands and waters, which need our defense now.
The Idle No More Movement began as a response to a renewed assault on indigenous rights in Canada by the Conservative Government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The movement has forced Harper to meet with a coalition of First Nations leaders, including Atiwapiskat Chief Teresa Spence who has been on hunger strike for nearly a month. Friday’s Rally in Anchorage is part of solidarity actions planned across the globe. (Follow on Twitter #J11)
Supported by REDOIL, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and Alaska Rising Tide.
The schedule looks great, with lots of Native dancers, Pamyua, Medicine Dream, and tribal leaders from around the state. I'll post pics.