A Guide To The Idle No More Movement, Treaties And Legislation


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 all that has happened in the last six weeks among Canada’s aboriginal people. But that’s not surprising because the issues at stake are among the most complex and most important our nation faces today. Many of them are the issues Canada has been facing for decades but have never been adequately addressed. Here is a short, by no means exhaustive, primer looking at the movement, treaties and the legislation at the centre of the debate. When did it begin? In November, four women from Saskatchewan held a "teach-in" in Saskatoon to educate people about the government’s omnibus budget legislation, Bill C-45, which was introduced a few weeks prior. Additional teach-ins followed in Prince Albert and Regina to raise awareness of the bill. An Alberta woman then organized an information meeting on the Louis Bull Cree Nation, and turned to Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to the imminent passage of C-45. Those events slowly grew into additional rallies, protests and flash mobs at shopping malls as the movement gained steam on social media.

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