Over the past few weeks the Idle No More movement has burst onto the scene with a wave of peaceful protests and calls for a new approach to relations between indigenous peoples and the Canadian government.
The Idle No More movement was triggered by Bill C-45, passed two week ago, which threatens First Nations' treaty rights and removes many of the protections on Canada’s precious rivers and lakes.
(For those unfamiliar with the Idle No More movement, check out this, this and this article).
This movement, which has received support from all three pan-Canadian opposition parties and a wide range of civil society organizations, has grown from a small campaign to thousands of people across Canada declaring that the Harper government must reform relations with the indigenous peoples of Canada and stop taking away important environmental protection measures.
A key part of the Idle No More protests is Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, which has just entered day 17. Chief Spence is asking for a meeting with Prime Minister Harper to discuss the plight of her people, and up until now he has refused to meet with her.
Chief Theresa Spence says she is willing to die for her people in order to get the Harper government to discuss respect for indigenous treaties.
Greenpeace has expressed its support for the movement and its vision of a more just society grounded in environmental sustainability.
We need you to join us in telling our government to respect treaties and the environment. Please e-mail Prime Minister Stephen Harper () to tell him you support Idle No More, and that he must meet with Chief Spence immediately.