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Idle No More: Indigenous People’s Coordinated Reaction to the Twin Forces of Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism in Canada

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This chapter outlines how Idle No More serves as a platform for organization, activism, and information-sharing that incorporates and expresses the totality of Indigenous concerns in Canada. It addresses the social, political, legal, and historical complex surrounding the opposition to global capital and the Canadian state as facilitator. The ultimate purpose of Idle No More is to rally for sustainable economies. In order to achieve such economies, a revolution in thinking and economic practice is necessary. To generate support for revolutionary acts, Idle No More participants encourage historical, political, and economic truth-telling. It is hoped that truth will lead to the ethical understanding and implementation of treaty and support for Indigenous cultural revitalization efforts that require stringent environmental safeguards stewarded in partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups. Details of the situation in the community of Grassy Narrows First Nation illustrate how a localized context speaks to the intersecting local-regional-national-global complex.

Keywords: Aboriginal group; Canada; Idle No More; Indigenous cultural revitalization efforts; non-Aboriginal group



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