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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:01 PM

Idle No More: women rising to lead when it's needed most


Idle No More: Women Rising to Lead When it's Needed Most
by Muna Mire

Chief Theresa Spence is now on Day 13 of her hunger strike. Too weak to leave the teepee she is living in on Victoria Island, a mere stone's throw from Parliament, she called for a round dance yesterday at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Prime Minister Harper's residence.



Throughout the duration of her hunger strike, Harper has maintained a chilly silence around the grassroots Indigenous movement now widely known as Idle No More, taking to Twitter instead to share his jokes about bacon with the Canadian electorate. What started as a string of emails between four Saskatchewan women back in November in protest of Bill C-45 eventually became a hashtag on social media, snowballing over time into a global movement for Indigenous rights.

Chief Spence is starving herself for her home community of Attawapiskat where there is a dire housing crisis, but more broadly for all Indigenous peoples in Canada, many of whom have rallied around her. Spence is asking for a meeting with the Prime Minister, Governor General and other leaders, and will fast until she gets it.

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The role played by women leaders and organizers of the movement was underscored many times during the rally. Speakers called on women to continue leading the movement they started in the name of Indigenous self determination and climate justice. "There is an old
prophecy that said when the world needed it most, the women would rise to lead us. I see that happening right now. This is a woman initiated movement and you can feel the difference in it," says Aaron Paquette, a First Nations artist and writer, who has been involved with the movement since its inception. Paquette is responsible for much of the art that has come to graphically represent the movement, especially through social media.

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niyad Dec 2012 OP
DFW Dec 2012 #1
niyad Dec 2012 #2
DFW Dec 2012 #5
DFW Jan 2013 #7
cbayer Dec 2012 #3
niyad Dec 2012 #4
niyad Dec 2012 #6

Response to niyad (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:35 PM

1. As a middle-aged white guy

I am thrilled to see new women U.S. Senators Hirono (D-HI), Baldwin (D-WI), and Heitkamp (D-ND) getting sworn in on Jan. 3 (I'll be there in Washington for 2 out of the 3 ceremonies!!).

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Response to DFW (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:47 PM

2. looking forward to hearing your report on the ceremonies, lucky you!!

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:18 PM

5. I suspect they'll be fairly straightforward

First I got the invite from Hirono. I said I'd be there. Then I got the invite from McCaskill. It wasn't at the same time, so I said OK to that one, too (although not a new Senator, she and I have talked a couple of times). THEN I got the invite from Heitkamp. I don't know her at all, but I have met her predecessor. I can't figure out another reason why I got invited to her swearing in). But they're all on Jan. 3, and for once, I WILL be in DC on Jan. 3. I doubt there will be more than a handshake with Heitkamp, but McCaskill and Hirono should be fun!

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:15 PM

7. My day didn't quite end up as planned!!

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:04 PM

3. Some Mayan peoples have said that the change in the calendar will be marked

by a coming true equality for women and girls.

Would love for that to be true.

It you have not seen it, I highly recommend "Half the Sky" on PBS. If this is a subject that interests you, it's just about the best thing I have seen on the topic.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:32 PM

4. would definitely love for that to be true. and you are correct, half the sky is about the best

thing on the subject right now.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:23 AM

6. . . .

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