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This morning, I was shocked to see some of my Facebook friends posting racist comments about the Idle No More movement. Yes, shocked, as in “a severe offense to one’s sense of propriety or decency; an outrage.”

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12/16/2017

article Chippewa artist inspired by Idle No More opens storefront in Toronto
(Toronto) -- Multimedia artist Jay Soule, who uses the pseudonym Chippewar, has just opened a store front, studio and tattoo parlour all in one in Toronto. The shop,...

12/10/2017

article 5 Years after Idle No More, founders still speaking out
(Canada) -- It's been five years since Idle No More was elevated into the Canadian conscious. Through the work of social media and in particular the hashtag #...

6/28/2017

article National Farmers Union backs Idle No More's call for national day of action on July 1
(Canada) -- As Canada readies to celebrate 150 years since Confederation, the National Farmers Union is putting its support behind Idle No More's "UNsettling...

12/16/2016

article Flash mob round dance erupts at Polo Park in Winnipeg
(Winnipeg) -- Holiday shoppers at Polo Park Shopping Centre in Winnipeg were surrounded by song and dance on Friday evening after a flash mob round dance in the mall....

10/10/2016

article Idle No More call on Trudeau to keep promises on Indigenous, environmental issues
(Toronto) -- As many Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving, Idle No More demonstrators gathered in Yonge-Dundas Square on Monday said they have "little to be thankful...

5/31/2016

article Idle No More France Demonstrates Sale of Sacred Native Objects in Paris
(Paris) -- Facing cold springtime rains, Idle No More staged a demonstration outside the Hotel Drouot in Paris on Monday to protest the sale of American Indian sacred...

5/25/2016

article One-on-One with Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam
(Washington) -- Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum), a cofounder of the international movement Idle No More, recently spoke at the Spring World Issues Forum held at Western...

2/6/2016

article John Ralston Saul: Indigenous Peoples don't need sympathy, they need you to take action
(Canada) -- John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist, novelist and philosopher, but at the height of Idle No More, he was compelled to lend his pen to the issues...

1/6/2016

article Idle No More tiny house stops in Saskatoon
(Saskatoon) -- Idle No More's "One House, Many Nations" campaign is making some headway with a unique home travelling from Manitoba to northern...

1/5/2016

article Tiny house built by Idle No More on way to Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- A safe, warm — and unique — home is on its way to a man on the Big River First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, thanks to a group of Idle...

12/21/2015

article Idle No More tackles big First Nation housing crisis with tiny homes
(Canada) -- They were known for starting a round dance revolution. Now some of the organizers of Idle No More are putting their hearts into starting another movement...

12/19/2015

article Idle No More tackles big First Nation housing crisis with tiny homes
(Manitoba) -- They were known for starting a round dance revolution. Now some of the organizers of Idle No More are putting their hearts into starting another movement...

12/14/2015

article Idle No More tiny house builds awareness of big problem
(Saskatoon) -- Construction is under way in Winnipeg this week on a tiny house that will serve as the foundation to raise awareness about a very big problem in Canada....

12/12/2015

article Building Upon the Energy of Idle No More
(USA) -- Mitakuyapi. Cante waste nape ceyuzapi pelo. My relatives. I shake your hands from my heart. Beautiful, smiling, happy faces singing, drumming and round dancing...

12/7/2015

article Idle No More sees tiny house as solution to huge problem
(Canada) -- Indigenous activists have partnered with a Manitoba company to provide a truly unique home for a Saskatchewan First Nation family. Leaders from Idle No More...

7/25/2015

article Idle No More in San Francisco: Co-Founder Nina Wilson Walks Refinery Route
(California) -- A red-tailed hawk circled, clouds parted, and sunshine broke through early-morning fog along the San Francisco Bay, the rays illuminating an altar where...

6/30/2015

article The Comeback
(Canada) -- In the wake of the Idle No More protest movement, John Ralston Saul decided to write a book about Canada's difficult relationship with the First Nations...

5/11/2015

article RCMP apologizes for Idle No More ‘bacteria’ comparison
(Canada) -- The RCMP is apologizing for a comparison likening the Idle No More movement to “bacteria” which was made by an Aboriginal liaison officer in an...

5/8/2015

article Idle No More movement was like 'bacteria,' says internal RCMP document
(Canada) -- The Idle No More movement was like “bacteria” that spread across the country carrying with it the potential for an outbreak of violence,...
article NDP MP demands apology for RCMP Idle No More ‘bacteria’ comparison
(Canada) -- The NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic demanded Friday that Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney apologize for an RCMP comparison of the Idle No More...

5/3/2015

article After Idle No More, Canada will never be the same, historian says
(Saskatchewan) -- Most Canadians still don’t understand it. It began with four Saskatchewan women speaking out against a federal omnibus budget bill, and led to...

4/27/2015

article Idle No More founder releases book
(Canada) -- Sylvia McAdam remembers when she and three other women started talking about who has the jurisdiction and authority to talk about land and water. They all...

4/19/2015

article San Francisco Bay Area Refinery Healing Walks Underway
(California) -- Bay Area Idle No More continues its Healing Walks to help bring refinery communities together across the San Francisco Bay Area. The first Healing Walk...

3/19/2015

article Aboriginal Affairs shared wide range of information with spy agency to bolster Idle No More surveillance: documents
(Canada) -- The federal Aboriginal Affairs department shared information with Canada’s spies and other federal law enforcement agencies to bolster surveillance of...

3/18/2015

article Feds put protest activity under microscope in compiling national 'risk forecast'
(Canada) -- Use of social media, the spread of "citizen journalism," and the involvement of young people are among the key trends highlighted by a federal...

2/12/2015

article Idle No More Duluth Fights to Save Wolf, Ojibwes' Brother
(Minnesota) -- Idle No More Duluth, based in northern Minnesota, is using the recent federal court ruling that put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list to...

2/4/2015

article Inspired by Idle No More, Metis student keeps making her mark
(Canada) -- Imagine being honoured alongside a former mayor, NHL’er, MP and a doctor. At the end of February, a young Metis woman from Ottawa will be doing just...

1/26/2015

article BLOG: Idle No More: Is It A Dead Duck Movement?
(Canada) -- According to Statistics Canada, the National Household Survey for 2011 reported that Aboriginals make up 4.3% of the total Canadian population. The breakdown...

12/10/2014

article Idle No More activists decry Assembly of First Nations agenda
(Thunder Bay) -- Chiefs from the Assembly of First Nations vote in Winnipeg today on a new leader, but a First Nations activist from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug says it...
article Idle No More still moving forward after 2 years, says Sylvia McAdam
(Saskatoon) -- Today marks two years since the Idle No More movement sparked protests against the government and celebrations of Indigenous culture across the country....

12/9/2014

article Idle No More: Where is the movement 2 years later?
(Canada) -- I grew up in the age of the standoffs. For all of my formative 1990s — when I came into consciousness as an Anishinaabe and indigenous person — I...

12/8/2014

article Highway slowdown to coincide with Idle No More anniversary
(Ottawa) -- SooToday received the following note from Garden River First Nation advising that members will be handing out pamphlets during a highway slow down where...

11/8/2014

article Idle no more inspires Ottawa woman to help herself and others
(Ottawa) -- Idle no more was sparked out of frustration with the Conservative government and its relations with Aboriginal peoples. Some say it no longer exists.

10/23/2014

article Shale gas protester admits assaulting RCMP officer in Rexton
(New Brunswick) -- A 20-year-old man from Elsipogtog First Nation has pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer during a violent anti-shale gas protest in Rexton...

10/1/2014

article Esperanza to host Native American activist from Canada
(Texas) -- The Esperanza Peace & Justice Center will host a lecture and discussion with Native American activist Nina Was’te Wilson at 7 p.m. Friday, 922 San...

7/3/2014

article A present for Canada Day: Idle No More Blockade, the video game!
(Canada) -- I am no programmer, and honestly my kids understand this better than I do, but I have had a heck of a lot of fun these past few days creating a silly little...

6/28/2014

article The Winter We Danced reveals the full depth and breadth of Idle No More
(Ontario) -- In the winter of 2012-2013, a wave of First Nations protests burst onto the national stage, characterized impressionistically in the mainstream media by...

6/2/2014

article Canadian Forces spent virtually all of 2013 watching Idle No More protesters
(Canada) -- As First Nations activists shut down roads and bridges in protest last year, the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of National Defence was watching....

5/31/2014

article Idle No More Michigan Seeks to Abolish Columbus Day in Traverse City
(Michigan) -- This coming Monday, Idle No More Michigan will attend the Traverse City Commission meeting to request the local government’s governing body to...

5/10/2014

article Protesters rally in downtown Calgary as part of national call for more energy sustainability
(Calgary) -- Dozens of people joined hands in downtown Calgary Sunday to show their support for sustainability. About 80 people gathered in James Short Park as part of...

4/23/2014

article Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files
(Canada) -- Secret documents from Canada’s spy agency show that the Canadian government was getting ready in case last year’s Idle No More protests “...

3/28/2014

article Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files
(Canada) -- Secret documents from Canada’s spy agency show that the Canadian government was getting ready in case last year’s Idle No More protests “...

2/26/2014

article Idle No More: Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan
(Canada) -- The following editorial was originally featured in the First Nations Strategic Bulletin (FNSB), June-October 2012. You can view/download this latest edition...

2/18/2014

article Rogue Idle No More Co-Founder Nina Wilson Launches A New Initiative
(Canada) -- Nina Wilson is one of the more interesting people who came out of the Idle No More movement. Wilson and the other three founders worked with the Suzuki...

2/11/2014

article Epic journey of Cree youth charted in new documentary
(Quebec) -- Over a year ago today, six young men and their guide set out on snowshoes in temperatures reaching minus 50, walking to Ottawa in support of the Idle No More...

1/19/2014

article OP/ED: Idle No More Lives On: Rifles vs. Songs
(Minnesota) -- Last October in Rexton, a small eastern Canadian town on the Elsipogtog First Nation Reserve, over 100 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wielding riot...

1/10/2014

article Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
(Canada) -- It took weeks of protests, flash mobs, letters, rallies, and thousands of righteous tweets, but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally caved.
article John Ivison: Occupy and Idle No More could team up to block pipelines going east
(Canada) -- The failure of Canadian oil and gas producers to get world prices for their product costs the country $28-billion a year, according to the last budget,...

1/9/2014

article New Year's Round Dance Provokes Arrest and Dissent
(Minnesota) -- What was initially planned as a New Year's Eve celebration round dance on the one-year anniversary of an Idle No More solidarity demonstration turned...

1/2/2014

article Mall Of America Bans Native American Activists From Performing Tribal Dance
(Minnesota) -- Native American activists are accusing the Mall of America of discrimination after the mall cancelled the group’s tribal dance demonstration and had...
article Mall of America called ‘racist’ for arresting Native American women before protest
(Minnesota) -- Two Native American women say that they were arrested at the Mall of America in Minnesota on New Year’s Day for attempting to have a traditional...

1/1/2014

article Duluth women arrested at Mall of America incident
(Minnesota) -- Two Duluth women were arrested at the Mall of America in Bloomington on New Year’s Eve for attempting to stage an American Indian round dance at the...
article “Mall of America” to Native Americans: Happy New Year; You Are Under Arrest
(Minnesota) -- Idle No More organizers Patricia Shepard and Reyna Crow were arrested on New Year’s Eve after entering the Mall of America following a press...

12/28/2013

article New Year’s Eve Flash Mob Round Dance Plans Spark Arrest Threat From Mall of America
(Minnesota) -- The organizers of a flash mob round dance to celebrate the second winter of Idle No More at the Mall of America on New Year’s Eve have been...

12/27/2013

article Mall of America Threatens “Idle No More” Organizers with Arrest if NYE Round Dance Occurs
(Minnesota) -- Idle No More organizer Reyna Crow opened her mail on Christmas Eve to discover a letter from the Mall of America management team. There were not holiday...

12/23/2013

article Idle No More flash mobs in 9 cities this weekend
(Canada) -- A year ago today flash mob round dances took place across the country, and thousands of people danced and marched from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill, in...
article Idle No More supporters round dance in Saskatoon mall
(Saskatchewan) -- Nancy Greyeyes brought a drum in her purse and started playing it and singing along at Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza on Saturday to begin an Idle No...

12/22/2013

article Idle No More supporters round dance in Saskatoon mall
(Saskatchewan) -- Nancy Greyeyes brought a drum in her purse and started playing it and singing along at Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza on Saturday to begin an Idle No...

12/21/2013

article Idle No More flash mobs in 9 cities this weekend
(Canada) -- A year ago today flash mob round dances took place across the country, and thousands of people danced and marched from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill, in...
article UPDATED: Thunder in the Heart round dance takes over Polo Park centre court
(British Columbia) -- The gathering proved that the Idle No More Movement is very much alive in this region of the country. Many participants took part to demonstrate...

12/14/2013

article Idle No More founders named to top 100 global thinkers list
(Saskatchewan) -- The founders of Idle No More joined a prestigious list this month as Foreign Policy magazine named the women to its top 100 global thinkers list.

12/12/2013

article Idle No More founders honoured by U.S. magazine
(British Columbia) -- What started in Saskatoon one year ago with a small teach-in grew into a global movement whose founders were recently named by Foreign Policy...
article Idle No More still alive in Manitoba, one year later
(Manitoba) -- One year after Idle No More began, aboriginal activists and leaders in Manitoba say they — and the movement itself — are not going anywhere.

12/11/2013

article Flash mob round dance erupts in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- Christmas shoppers in Saskatoon may have been surprised last night after a flash mob round dance broke out in a downtown mall.
article People in Saskatoon mark Idle No More's 1st anniversary
(Saskatchewan) -- A year ago, on December 10, 2012, people in support of Idle No More held the movement's first National Day of Action.

12/10/2013

article Idle No More still alive in Manitoba, one year later
(Manitoba) -- One year after Idle No More began, aboriginal activists and leaders in Manitoba say they — and the movement itself — are not going anywhere.
article Sask. Idle No More founders honoured by U.S. magazine
(Saskatchewan) -- The four Saskatchewan women responsible for starting the Idle No More movement more than a year ago are being honoured for their contribution.
article Aboriginal Affairs DM made “snide remark” about Idle No More’s silence: BC Chief
(Quebec) -- A senior British Columbia chief says the deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs made a “snide remark” about the lack of Idle No More protests...
article OP/ED: Idle No More fight continues after tough 12 months
(Canada) -- The other day, during one of our famous Winnipeg winter storms, I watched dozens of parents pull their kids to school on plastic sleds and overpriced...

12/9/2013

article First Nations plan education bill resistance as Idle No More returns to the Hill
(Canada) -- The Assembly of First Nations will plan its continued offensive against Ottawa's aboriginal education bill Tuesday at an annual gathering in Gatineau,...

11/21/2013

article Canadian reserve protest spurs Missoula Idle No More
(Montana) -- The fight to protect Indigenous resources rages on in Canada as First Nation Elsipogtog members band together along Highway 11 to physically block machinery...
article Iowa gaming regulators deny casino nonprofit plan
(Iowa) -- Iowa gambling regulators on Thursday denied a request from the owner of the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino to redirect a portion of its revenue to a new...

11/10/2013

article Idle No More anniversary sees divisions emerging
(Canada) -- Idle No More, the indigenous movement that began a year ago today, says it has a database of 254,000 supporters. Some, however, are concerned about the...
article Idle No More group in Akwesasne protests fracking
(Montreal) -- About a dozen people from an Idle No More group based on the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve are marching today against shale gas exploration.

10/21/2013

article PM Harper believes Idle No More movement creating “negative public reaction,” say confidential notes
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper believes the Idle No More movement has created a negative public reaction, according to detailed notes from his Jan. 11 meeting...

10/16/2013

article Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power
(USA) -- On Monday, October 7, 2013, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was...

10/8/2013

article Top UN official to meet with Idle No More organizers in Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- Today, the Idle No More movement nationwide marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and the arrival of a top United Nations official.

10/7/2013

article Idle No More prepares for day of action
(Canada) -- The Idle No More movement has plans for over 63 protests and actions across Canada today, with solidarity events expected in over 12 countries.

9/28/2013

article Charges Dropped Against AIM Leader Clyde Bellecourt for Attending "Idle No More" Flash Mob
(Minnesota) -- A little over a week after his misdemeanor trespassing trial ended with a hung jury, charges against Clyde Bellecourt were dropped by the Minneapolis...

8/21/2013

article BLOG: Reformism, Indigenous Activism, the Global Crisis, and System Change
(Canada) -- Since December 2012, the social media phenomena Idle No More (INM) has been front and centre and in the spotlight as THE authoritative voice for the...

8/13/2013

article Spy agency monitored Idle No More, says it did so to protect protesters
(Alberta) -- A federal department and the country's spy agency closely monitored the activities of the aboriginal Idle No More movement in late 2012 and early 2013,...

8/11/2013

article Canada’s spy agency kept close watch on rapidly growing First Nations protest movement: documents
(Canada) -- A federal department and the country’s spy agency closely monitored the activities of the aboriginal “Idle No More” movement in late 2012...

7/25/2013

article First Nations man faces $16k bill for “Idle No More” blockade on CN railway
(Ontario) -- A First Nations protester is facing a bill of more than $16,000 in damages to CN Rail over a rail blockade in southwestern Ontario last winter as part of...

6/26/2013

article Idle No More: Canada Escalates War on First Nations
(Canada) -- Mi’kmaq and Maliseet reserves in Atlantic Canada are the sites of a new major battle between First Nation activists and the Canadian government that...

6/19/2013

article Idle No More torches still burning
(Saskatchewan) -- The Idle No More movement may have slipped off the front pages, but there is still support below the surface. "I think we're at a place where...

6/13/2013

article LETTER: Tribal members should be idle no more
(Washington) -- Through our strong native spirituality and our strong native pride, we, the Colville Confederated tribal peoples across our rez and off will indeed...
article Unlikely Alliances: Idle No More and Building Bridges Through Native Sovereignty
(Washington) -- “The natural resources we all depend upon must be protected for future generations….to bring us to a place where there is a quality of life...
article Arctic Air writer launches novel inspired by Idle No More
(Manitoba) -- When Jordan Wheeler was approached to write a book by Ningwakwe Learning Press, he automatically said yes, since writing is what he does for a living.

5/26/2013

article For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
(Canada) -- There’s a remote part of northern Alberta where the Lubicon Cree have lived, it is said, since time immemorial. The Cree called the vast, pine-covered...

5/25/2013

article Chief Spence, Nishiyuu and Youth4Lakes Walkers Gather for Action Planning
(Toronto) -- Indigenous youth, grassroots organizers, supporters and allies of the Idle No More Movement will be gathering today, May 25, beginning at 9 am at the...

5/24/2013

article Idle No More blockader wants CN to reveal their ‘dirty hands’ in court
(Ontario) -- CN Rail refuses to hand over correspondence between them and an Ontario judge that issued several court injunctions for the railway company during the...

5/5/2013

article The future of First Nations relations: peace or strife?
(Ottawa) -- It appears that the First Nations Idle No More protests that dominated our headlines for months are finally over. Has the conflict in fact ended or are we...

5/3/2013

article American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe heritage, involvement in Idle No More
(Saskatchewan) -- An American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage...

4/12/2013

article Man charged in the Aamjiwnaang blockade looks to turn tables on judge
(Ontario) -- A man charged with defying a judge’s order to shutdown the Aamjiwnaang First Nation rail blockade in the throes of Idle No More movement is...

4/7/2013

article ‘Idle’ rally protests oil mining
(Utah) -- Students and community members attended an Idle No More rally that took place in front of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library Friday afternoon, protesting a plot of...

3/30/2013

article Idle No More Gathers Steam in Portland, Oregon, With Teach-in
(Oregon) -- As the Idle No More movement maintains its traction across Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world, foundation-building teach-ins and events designed to...

3/24/2013

article Budget 2013 could reinvigorate Idle No More movement
(Ottawa) -- Last week’s federal budget has left a sour taste in the mouths of some First Nations leaders, who say it represents the status quo in the Conservatives...
article Cree youth near Ottawa, end of Idle No More journey
(Ottawa) -- A group of young people from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., has arrived in the Ottawa-Gatineau region as they near the end of a 1,600-...
article Nishiyuu Walkers reach Gatineau, their ranks swollen from seven to several hundred
(Ottawa) -- Every step David Kawapit took on Sunday brought him closer to Parliament Hill, the final stop on an extraordinary journey that has galvanized aboriginal...
article Winnipeg cops racked up $43K in overtime for Idle No More
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg police have spent $43,533.67 in overtime to cover Idle No More events, according to the results of a freedom of information request.

3/23/2013

article Idle No More alive and well, Palmater says
(Ontario) -- The Idle No More movement hasn't gone away. On the contrary, Pam Palmater, an Idle No More spokeswoman, says the movement, which has garnered...
article Sylvia McAdam: Canada and a devastated indigenous land
(UK) -- Sylvia is a direct descendant of one of the leaders who signed the Numbered Treaties between indigenous peoples and the Canadian government.
article Idle No More riled over secret chiefs meeting
(Nova Scotia) -- Idle No More showed up at a meeting outside of Halifax Thursday. It was to protest what was happening inside where chiefs from across Atlantic Canada...
article Oklahoma chapter of the group Idle No More seeks protection of water resources
(Oklahoma) -- About 50 people, mostly American Indians from Oklahoma and several other states, gathered Friday outside the state Capitol to call attention to the need to...

3/22/2013

article Cree Idle No More walkers near end of 1,600 km trek to Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- The long walk will soon be over for a group of youths from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., who expect to arrive in Ottawa Monday after...

3/18/2013

article HudBay sues First Nation over Idle No More blockade
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba First Nation is being sued by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting for a series of Idle No More protests and blockades. The company claims protestors...
article Gary Farmer: Idle No More, 'Consumerization,' Mining Fallout and Indian Humor
(Colorado) -- Film star and activist Gary Farmer wore an impish grin from time to time as he conducted an Idle No More (Idle) teach-in, but his core message defied humor...

3/16/2013

article CRAZY BULL: Idle No More Brings Native Voices, Tribal Education to the Forefront
(Colorado) -- Like many Natives and our allies across our Grandmother Earth, Unci Maka, I have joined the Idle No More movement, attending round dance gatherings,...

3/14/2013

article BLOG: Idle No More, Copyrights, Trademarks, & Internalized Colonialism
(Canada) -- Today, the rumour that the “Idle No More Four” (which used to be five women, back in December) were planning on copyrighting and/or trademarking...
article Idle No More needs alliance with chiefs: Fontaine
(Canada) -- Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae and former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine recently met in Winnipeg to discuss the way forward for Aboriginal people and...

3/13/2013

article Phil Fontaine, Bob Rae talk Idle No More in Winnipeg
(Winnipeg) -- It has been weeks since Idle No More protests have made headlines, and now a former national chief is saying the movement needs to change direction to get...

3/8/2013

article Idle No More: Quebec Cree on epic walk to Ottawa picking up supporters along the way
(Canada) -- On the frozen shores of Hudson’s Bay in January, a small group of Great Whale Cree strapped on their mukluks, pulled on their parkas and set out on an...

3/6/2013

article Cree Idle No More walkers reach Algonquin community
(North Canada) -- Cree youth walking from Whapmagoostui, Que., to Ottawa reached the Algonquin community of Lac Simon this week, about 30 kilometres from Val d’Or...

3/2/2013

article OP/ED: Idle No More: Where the Mainstream Media Went Wrong
(Ontario) -- You didn’t have to look hard to find racist comments and biased coverage on the Idle No More movement and Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike...

2/27/2013

article Idle No More Protest Held in Joshua Tree, California
(California) -- When nobody else seemed to be doing anything to show support in her area for the Idle No More movement, Bobby Jo Larkin organized one herself.

2/24/2013

article Guest Commentary: What Idle No More is and Why is it Important to All Global Citizens
(Maine) -- IDLE NO MORE is a peaceful movement for Aboriginal/Indigenous rights and environmental justice that began in Canada in October of 2012.
article Idle No More Enters a New Phase, Seeks Next Steps
(British Columbia) -- Idle No More’s founders and leaders are determined to keep the movement’s momentum going and to maintain pressure on aboriginal leaders...
article Idle No More uses secret weapon
(Canada) -- There was a massive gathering of Idle No More supporters Wednesday. At one point there were so many who turned out the place hosting the meeting collapsed.
article The genius of Spence
(Toronto) -- In media time, it’s been light years since Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence ended her 44-day fast last week. But beyond the dismissive attention span...

2/23/2013

article Native Americans gather to support Canadian indigenous fight
(California) -- Native Americans in Vallejo and surrounding areas will hold a gathering at 1 p.m. today in United Plaza, downtown Vallejo, to show their solidarity with...

2/21/2013

article Idle No More Movement continues to evolve
(Montana) -- Another Idle No More rally sprang on the steps of the Capitol on Monday lead by Montana Native leaders. Over 200 people assembled for the Indian People...

2/19/2013

article Native American activists urge MT poor to be 'Idle No More'
(Montana) -- A global grass-roots movement descended on the grounds of the Capitol on Monday, lead by prominent Native American leaders in Montana.

2/18/2013

article Idle No More returns to state Capitol
(Montana) -- Members of the growing Idle No More movement made a second appearance at the state Legislature on Monday with a rally and round dance on the north steps of...
article Native American activists urge Montanans to 'Idle No More'
(Montana) -- A global grassroots movement descended on the grounds of the Montana Capitol on Monday, lead by prominent Native American leaders in Montana.

2/14/2013

article Plex Releases Idle No More Anthem -- With a Little Help from John Lennon
(Canada) -- Indigenous hip hop artist Plex has joined the legion of artists who've been inspired by the Idle No More movement, recording "No More," a...

2/11/2013

article Are aboriginal issues losing momentum in Ottawa?
(Ottawa) -- It was just a month ago when First Nations leaders met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his office, the chanting and drumming of thousands of protestors...
article How does native funding work?
(Canada) -- The recent Idle No More protests, as well as Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence’s 45-day hunger strike, have raised awareness of native issues.
article Idle No More Enters a New Phase, Seeks Next Steps
(Canada) -- Idle No More’s founders and leaders are determined to keep the movement’s momentum going and to maintain pressure on aboriginal leaders and the...
article Inspiring Aboriginal entrepreneurship could help address social issues
(Canada) -- Whatever you think of the Idle No More movement, it has focused attention on First Nations issues and sparked debate about solutions. Like some First Nations...

2/10/2013

article Indigenous youth gather in Winnipeg in support of Idle No More
(Winnipeg) -- Young people from Canada's Indigenous community gathered in Winnipeg on Saturday as part of Idle No More movement. The purpose of the Indigenous Nation...

2/9/2013

article Idle No More protesters interrupt meeting between chiefs, feds
(Saskatchewan) -- Tensions ran high at a Saskatoon convention centre Friday afternoon as Idle No More protesters tried to push their way into a meeting between First...
article Protests greet talks / First Nations object to education proposal
(Saskatchewan) -- Protesters clashed with security outside a meeting room in Saskatoon where Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan had come to hear from educators,...
article Chief Spence: Idle No More must keep momentum
(Edmonton) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is calling on fellow chiefs to continue advancing the Idle No More movement.
article Idle No More protester declares fast in teepee at city hall
(Hamilton) -- He Carries the Strength of 10 Buffalo has been a fixture of the Idle No More movement in Hamilton.

2/8/2013

article Idle no more 'has it right': LaForme
(Canada) -- The Idle No More movement “has it right,” said Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Harry LaForme in a speech at the OBA Institute’s Aboriginal...

2/7/2013

article Rolling Stone Takes Note of Idle No More
(USA) -- Rolling Stone has gotten wind of Idle No More, and a story posted on February 4 explains in concise terms what the movement and the controversy that started it...

2/5/2013

article ENNIS: The Dominant Culture Fears the Idle No More Movement
(Minnesota) -- Much of the current resistance to Idle No More movement is rooted in fear, from the dominant culture, that Indigenous people want social change, are...

2/4/2013

article Commentary: What Idle No More is and Why is it Important to All Global Citizens
(Maine) -- IDLE NO MORE is a peaceful movement for Aboriginal/Indigenous rights and environmental justice that began in Canada in October of 2012. It was initiated by...
article Idle No More worth the time
(Nova Scotia) -- Organizers of a movement like Idle No More say it takes up a lot of time. However, two busy mothers in Nova Scotia say it’s worth the sacrifice.
article Justin Trudeau supports Idle No More and empowering First Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- Federal liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau was in Saskatchewan this week. Trudeau said he supported the Idle No More movement.

2/3/2013

article Idle No More activists gather on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- An estimated 300 Idle No More demonstrators gathered under a heavy snowfall on Parliament Hill today as part of a planned global day of action that's...
article Idle No More Day of Action Sweeps Turtle Island and Beyond
(Canada) -- They marched across the bridge in Halifax. They greeted the sun in Montreal. They jingle-danced in Ottawa and round-danced just about everywhere else.
article Idle No More Ottawa youth forum focuses on charting way forward
(Ottawa) -- Idle No More Ottawa youth forum focuses on charting way forward. APTN National News reporter Nancy Pine has this story.
article Idle No More: From Grassroots to Global Movement
(Ontario) -- When Jessica Gordon first created a Facebook page titled "Idle No More" to communicate with three other women educators and students in...
article Mohawk tribal chief: protest without closing bridge
(New York) -- Mohawk tribal leaders are now urging members not to engage in protests that block the Seaway International Bridge. They stated their position in a news...
article Native People Unite Across the Continent
(California) -- At any given time during shopping hours, in any given shopping mall in the world, you might be hearing a drum beat these days. Over the sound of teeny...
article OP/ED: Idle No More Brings Native Voices, Tribal Education to the Forefront
(Colorado) -- Like many Natives and our allies across our Grandmother Earth, Unci Maka, I have joined the Idle No More movement, attending round dance gatherings,...
article Round dance: Why it's the symbol of Idle No More
(Manitoba) -- It could be the most enduring image of the Idle No More movement: in malls and on streets and on the set of George Stroumbouloupolous Tonight, the circles...
article Scenes from the Idle No More Protest at The Grove in Los Angeles
(California) -- On Saturday, January 19, Natives gathered at The Grove, an outdoor shopping and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, for an Idle No More demonstration.
article Watch Wab Kinew Ignite Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance on Talk Show Set
(Manitoba) -- Broadcast journalist and rapper Wab Kinew may have moved out of the entertainment realm with his latest gig as Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the...

2/2/2013

article Idle No More organizers reach out to queer community
(Canada) -- Two-spirit organizers of the Idle No More movement say they’re looking for more allies from the queer community in order to maintain momentum.
article Idle No More with a twist
(Ontario) -- An Idle No More rally was held in Belleville Friday with a bit of a twist. A number of non-Aboriginal Canadians joined ranks with the movement to spread the...
article ROLLO: How Idle No More Could Help Save Canadian Democracy
(Toronto) -- It is sometimes quipped that democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. This Darwinian image of vulnerable minorities falling prey to a...

2/1/2013

article Column: From Wounded Knee to Idle No More
(USA) -- The American Indian Movement’s (AIM) best known and most controversial protest began in February 1973 in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a small town on the...
article Idle No More Conducts Pow Wow Grand Entry in Continent's Largest Mall
(Minnesota) -- North America's largest shopping mall hosts an exact replica of one of Christopher Columbus's ships—not to mention a rollercoaster,...
article Indigenous Journalists Need Apply: #IdleNoMore and the #MSM
(Manitoba) -- A modern Indigenous movement is sweeping the country and a lot of Canadians don’t understand it. Idle No More has captured the hearts and minds of...
article Northern California Native Communities Show Strong Support for Idle No More
(California) -- Northern California American Indians have been busy this month showing their support for the "Idle No More" peace movement and Attawapiskat...

1/31/2013

article Newspaper removes Facebook page over racist comments
(Manitoba) -- A newspaper in Thompson, Man., has disabled its Facebook page due to racist slurs that were being posted by the public about aboriginal people. Staff with...
article Shannon Corregan: Idle No More’s success is up to all of us
(Canada) -- Last week, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence ended her hunger strike of six weeks. As a condition of the end of her strike, members of the Assembly of First...
article Torys sidestep criticism about public mocking of Theresa Spence
(Ottawa) -- The Conservative government defended its handling of aboriginal issues Thursday and sidestepped disparaging comments made by two members of Stephen Harper...

1/30/2013

article Conservative MP and senator belittle Chief Theresa Spence, Idle No More movement
(Ottawa) -- Two members of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus — an elected MP and a senator — publicly disparaged the Idle No More movement and...
article Senator knocks Theresa Spence during Orléans dinner
(Ottawa) -- The guest speaker stole the show at a dinner for a local provincial PC candidate on Jan. 29. Many of the 80-plus people at the Orléans legion wanted to shake...

1/29/2013

article SCHMIDT: Idle No More, Hollywood Style
(California) -- When Pamela J. Peters and Shawn Imitates-Dog attended a recent Idle No More rally in downtown Los Angeles, they were surprised. The crowd was small...
article Students, faculty from Columbia, Yale protest Native land legislation
(New York) -- Students and faculty take action to support Idle No More, a grassroots movement that is protesting a Canadian bill that changes land management on...

1/28/2013

article Commons welcomed back amid Idle No More protest
(Ottawa) -- MPs returned to the House of Commons Monday as Idle No More protesters marched on Parliament Hill as part of a "world day of action."
article Idle No More protesters, opposition MPs keep First Nations issues on agenda
(Ottawa) -- Politicians and protesters kept aboriginal issues front and centre as MPs returned to Ottawa on Monday following a winter break dominated by the Idle No More...
article Over 800 attend Idle No More rally at Manitoba legislature
(Manitoba) -- More than 800 Idle No More protesters took to the steps of Manitoba's legislative building on Monday afternoon as part of a national day of action.

1/27/2013

article A critical mass of comments
(Winnipeg) -- An article subtitled Idle No More commenters could use some lessons in critical thinking attracted more than 1,615 comments.
article A guide to the Idle No More movement, treaties and legislation
(Canada) -- Idle No More marches. Chiefs and the prime minister at odds over treaties. Liquid diets in teepees on the Ottawa River. It's easy to be confused about...
article COOPER: Aboriginals have no claim to sovereignty
(Calgary) -- The behaviour of Indian leaders and the gestures of the Idle No More movement are expressions of the same pathologies found on so many reserves in Canada....
article HARPER: Spence’s fast leaves us all hungry for a conclusion
(Canada) -- She isn’t Mother Theresa, but neither is she a figure who deserved to be maligned and mocked the way she was.
article Idle No More Is A Movement With Heart
(Canada) -- There have been many people that I've met in my life who have made me feel awe in their presence.
article Idle No More rally to hit Vancouver amid global day of action
(Vancouver) -- As part of a global day of action, Vancouver Idle No More protesters are planning to rally outside a downtown federal Aboriginal Affairs office Monday...
article OP/ED: Fear, distrust on both sides hinder future for Aboriginal Canadians
(Winnipeg) -- It was 10:30 on a cold Saturday night. I had just left a birthday party at a downtown Winnipeg restaurant. I was wearing the $35 ‘vintage’ fur...
article Aboriginal issues, economy, Mali, F-35s to capture House attention
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority-governing Conservatives will remain focused on the economy in this winter House session, and although it...

1/26/2013

article Native Americans protest in downtown Salt Lake City
(Utah) -- About 100 protesters, most of them Native Americans, gathered at City Creek Center for a protest on Saturday that caught police and mall security off-guard.

1/25/2013

article Chief Spence's fellow faster returns to Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- A group of family and First Nation leaders greeted Raymond Robinson at the airport Friday as he returned home to Manitoba after fasting alongside...
article End of Spence’s protest leaves Idle No More at a crossroads
(Canada) -- The Idle No More movement built itself into a juggernaut on Twitter over the past two months, reaching a peak of nearly 60,000 tweets on Jan. 11, the day...
article First Nation elder returns home to Manitoba after protest fast in Ottawa
(Manitoba) -- Raymond Robinson, a Manitoba elder from the Cross Lake First Nation, returned to Winnipeg Friday morning after being on a protest fast in Ottawa.
article EDITORIAL: Overdue end to pathetic sideshow
(Toronto) -- While Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was mesmerizing the gullible with her bogus hunger strike, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was avoiding any association...
article OP/ED: Aboriginals have no claim to sovereignty
(Calgary) -- The behaviour of Indian leaders and the gestures of the Idle No More movement are expressions of the same pathologies found on so many reserves in Canada....

1/24/2013

article Idle No More rally planned Saturday in Petoskey
(Michigan) -- Idle No More supporters are planning a peaceful protest Saturday afternoon in Petoskey to show their support for the First Nations in Canada and protest...
article Idle No More to welcome Oprah Winfrey to Coast Salish territory
(British Columbia) -- When media icon Oprah Winfrey takes to the stage tonight (January 24) in Vancouver, she'll be greeted by thousands of screaming fans (including...
article PM Harper believes Idle No More movement creating “negative public reaction,” say confidential notes
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper believes the Idle No More movement has created a negative public reaction, according to detailed notes from his Jan. 11 meeting...
article Tensions rise as Idle No More rolls on
(Alberta) -- An Idle No More round dance in Edmonton attracted two counter demonstrations during what was an otherwise peaceful protest. In a separate incident a truck...
article With Spence done what happens to Idle No More?
(Toronto) -- With Chief Theresa Spence’s fast now over, what happens to the Idle No More movement? According to Pam Palmater it won’t have any impact.
article Commentary: The Relevancy of Dr. King to the Idle No More Movement
(Michigan) -- Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. Many tribal governmental offices - as well as federal, state and local governmental offices - will be...

1/23/2013

article Attawapiskat Chief Spence agrees to end hunger strike
(Ottawa) -- More than a week of negotiations led by interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae and native leader Alvin Fiddler have convinced Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence that...
article Canadian aboriginal chief to end hunger strike
(Ottawa) -- A Canadian tribal chief said she will end her six-week hunger protest over Aboriginal rights Thursday when indigenous leaders and advocates plan to spell out...
article Chief Theresa Spence set to end liquids-only diet Thursday
(Ottawa) -- Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence will end her liquids-only fast on Thursday morning after opposition parties and aboriginal leaders agreed to...
article Chief Theresa Spence to end hunger strike Thursday
(Ottawa) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has decided to end her six-week-long hunger strike after members of the Assembly of First Nations and the Liberal and New...
article Idle No More: Chief Spence to end protest, under pressure from own band
(Ottawa) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence will end her protest Thursday after it was reported band members called for her to return to her James Bay reserve or lose...
article In pictures: Theresa Spence's protest and Idle No More
(Ottawa) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence pauses after speaking with journalists about her hunger strike in a teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa, Dec. 27, 2012.
article Draft declaration for Spence calls for clear goals on First Nations priorities
(Ottawa) -- Opposition leaders and prominent chiefs are working on a declaration meant to end Theresa Spence's 43-day hunger protest. The Attawapiskat chief has been...
article Full text of declaration that will end Attawapiskat chief's six-week protest
(Ottawa) -- The final text of the declaration, which CBC News has confirmed has now been signed by representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, the New Democrat...

1/22/2013

article Aboriginal Affairs Minister on Idle No More
(North Canada) -- The ‘Idle No More’ movement has taken the country by storm and alleges that the omnibus Bill C-45 has stripped Canadian waterways of their...
article Idle No More heightens interest in hand drumming
(Manitoba) -- The Idle No More movement has grown thanks in large part to social media, but it has inspired some to learn an old aboriginal tradition: hand drumming.
article STILLER: Fed Up With Idle No More?
(Canada) -- Our attitudes as Canadians accumulate, fester and harden. I understand that too well in observing the Idle No More movement of Aboriginal and First Nations...
article Tulsa protest defends native culture and lands
(Oklahoma) -- Protestors danced for sovereignty on Sunday. Idle No More (INM), a grassroots organization of Native American and indigenous people who are defending their...

1/21/2013

article Top players behind aboriginal movement
(Canada) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo: Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation, B.C.; first elected as national chief in 2009; re-...

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