I wrote a piece recently for The Guardian on Idle No More, and I wanted to share the research process a bit more and give some suggestions if you’d like to learn more about the movement. There’s lots of information out there and I’ve spent a lot of my holidays reading a few hours every day. This are the pieces that resonated the most for me. This is also only reflective of my research up to January 9, 2013.
I’ve taken a few days off reading to fulfil other obligations, but once I sift through my Instapaper I’ll add new pieces to this list. Feel free to comment below and let me know what you’ve found to be the most informative during your research!
Idle No More: What do we want and where are we headed? By Pamela Palmater (Rabble)
Aambe! Maajaadaa! What #IdleNoMore means to me By Leanne Simpson (Decolonization.org)
Idle No More starts new era (Star Phoenix)
Idle No More in historical context (Deconolization.org)
Canada, the Natives are restless and it’s time to fix this relationship By Chelsea Vowel (National Post)
First Nations: The Long Shadow of Assimilation (CPAC) *lots of stats here
Assimilation is not the answer to the Aboriginal ‘problem’ By Chelsea Vowel (National Post)
A summary of the current Federal legislative amendments affecting First Nations (OKT Barristers and Solicitors blog)
Pamela Palmater talk on the legislation (Idle No More Alberta) <video>
Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 41st session, November 19, 2012 (House of Commons)
No chief complaint: Idle No Mores vague demands butting up against PM’s pragmatism. (National Post) *Interesting read after reading Manny Jules position in the above parliament session
Natives don’t need accountability. Show us the money. (Globe & Mail)
Taking a second look at those Attawapiskat numbers (OKT Barristers and Solicitors blog)
Truth is more complex than Attawapiskat audit can tell us (Globe & Mail)
Number of Aboriginal people should double, court rules. (Globe & Mail)
Photo by Ntawnis Elyse Piapot of Rebecca Belmore’s work during #IdleNoMore #J11 Winnipeg March.