12 ways of thinking about Idle No More

Who is saying what about Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike


Globe and Mail, editorial

“Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence should not risk her health with a hunger strike, nor is coercion a reasonable or responsible tool to be used in making a request to meet with the Prime Minister and a representative of the Crown. Ms. Spence’s actions do, however, reveal a depth of desperation over the challenges confronting her struggling first nation that should concern Stephen Harper.”

Am Johal, the First Perspective

“The genie’s out of the bottle. This movement isn’t going away. The Harper government’s downfall will be remembered as one of its own making. Chief Spence, we thank you for your brave and important hunger strike. There is justice at stake here and that affects everyone. Our thoughts are with you and we will be with you every step of the way.”

Ottawa Citizen, editorial

“A national movement devoted to aboriginal rights and welfare is a productive addition to Canada’s politics. Suicide threats are not. Chief Theresa Spence is evidently, and justifiably, frustrated by the situation in Attawapiskat and by the state of the relationship between First Nations and the Canadian government. She says the government is not living up to the Crown’s treaty commitments to aboriginal people. Her decision to stop eating solid food, and to wait on Victoria Island for the government to meet her demands, has helped to galvanize the Idle No More movement. The anger that led her to her hunger strike is understandable. But it’s difficult to see how her actions can lead to anything except more anger.”

James Bartleman, former lieutenant-governor of Ontario

“I’ve long said that native people are the invisible people, and native children in particular are the invisible children of Canadian society. What we need to do is raise the consciousness of the public, and raise the consciousness of the Canadian cabinet, that these are real people. And they suffer.”

Michael Behiels, University of Ottawa professor

“For years, aboriginals have been out of sight, out of mind for most Canadians. We’ve lived in isolation from native people but now there’s no avoiding these issues anymore. And sadly we’re seeing a lot of ignorant and sometimes racist (rhetoric) across the country.”

Lana Payne, The Telegram

Some might call her hunger strike an act of desperation, a desperate act to save her community, her people. But it has become so much more than that. Chief Theresa Spence has inspired her fellow First Nations citizens and so many more to “idle no more.” She has inspired them to dance and drum, to stand up, to speak out and to be one. To be peaceful, to use non-violence, because, in her words, the children are watching. And by mobilizing young people, Chief Theresa Spence has done something great. She has given her people hope.”

Waubageshig, (Harvey McCue), Ottawa Citizen

“Leadership is not about easy choices, it’s usually about difficult decisions. Effective leaders, the ones who make a positive difference for the people they represent, confront difficult decisions every day. They know difficult decisions cannot be avoided, and they know that their effectiveness as leaders depends on them being there to make those difficult decisions. Chief Spence took the difficult decision two weeks ago to put her health and soul on the line for her belief that the Crown and prime minister were ignoring, if not trampling, on her peoples’ treaty and aboriginal rights. Now she must make another equally difficult decision — end her hunger strike and return to Attawapiskat to continue to serve her constituents, to provide them with her capacity for effective and vital leadership, and to comfort and care for her family.”

Christie Blatchford, Postmedia News

“Hunger strikes have a way of reducing complex issues to the most simple elements: Natives are suffering, and Chief Spence, as she has said repeatedly, is prepared to starve herself to death until and unless she gets that meeting with the PM. It is tempting to see the action as one of intimidation, if not terrorism: She is, after all, holding the state hostage to vaguely articulated demands. But if she were to die on Harper’s watch, it would  not only be tragic, but also disastrous.”

Sheila North Wilson, Rabble

“What he should know about Chief Spence’s hunger strike however, is that many First Nations people are moved and they are not only talking about why the government needs to change its attitude about native people but many are also acting to reclaim their place in Canada. To make things right for our families and our future generations. That in essence is what the Idle No More movement and Chief Spence’s hunger strike is all about. To show our united front, many of us are participating in flash mobs and rallies, and these peaceful movements are now happening all over the world. These public protests are helping the world understand some of the main issues and causing people of all cultures to start asking questions about why the Canadian government treats First Nations people with such distain and contempt.”

Patricia Hawes, The Chronicle Herald

“For goodness sake, Prime Minister Harper, please meet with Chief Theresa Spence. Your silence is deafening and heartless! What is the harm of beginning to talk with our First Nations people? They are an integral and valued part of our nation and heritage.”

Robin Brentnall, The Toronto Star

“A good friend has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. Why would a person go on a hunger strike you may ask? What would get that person to stop the hunger strike? The answer, and my wish, is simple: I wish for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet as soon as possible with Theresa Spence, Chief of Attawapiskat, to discuss our First Nations’ concerns. Is that too much to ask?”

Editorial, WFP

“It would be a mistake to dismiss the aboriginal hunger strikes and demonstrations occurring now across Canada as merely the latest in a series of angry outbursts that will disappear as suddenly as they appeared, only to surface again in the future following the next complaint of injustice and violation of rights. It would also be a mistake, however, to presume that the issues are one-sided — that the national government must alone act before equity for Canada’s beleaguered First Nations can be achieved. Aboriginals, too, must also be prepared to consider and propose fundamental reforms that would help lift them out of poverty and despair. It is not enough to simply demand more, without offering a plan for a different way of doing business.”

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12 ways of thinking about Idle No More

  1. Well, after what….a couple of centuries of ignorance, neglect and sheer stupidity….Canada may finally be forced to do something. I certainly hope so.

    The only thing I find shocking about it is that it’s taken this long for us to uphold our end of the treaties.

    It’s absurd that we send foreign aid everywhere in the world, and lecture other countries about their uncivilized behavior…..and yet a million people right here are living in Third World conditions

    FN have been very patient. I wouldn’t have been.

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      • Do you know how cause and effect actually work, clearly not?,,,you break a culture it acts broken…just who’s the idiot again?

      • Yeah, living in isolation with no education in the north woods somewhere, after families have been torn apart and a culture trashed…..does that kind of thing to human beings.

        You, on the other hand, well…….

        ‘Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.’

        • These people have fully federally funded education kindergarten through grade 12.

          It’s controlled by the council for each band and they have a choice of staying on the reserve or not. If they chose to go off the reserve to a provincial school, the cost is picked up by the Feds.

          In 2006-07 there were 120,000 Indian children being educated under this system. There were 515 schools funded at a cost to the general taxpayers totalling $1.2 billion.

          In addition to that all Indian children who go on to full time post secondary education are funded fully for books, tuition, living expenses and child care.

          This is all controlled by the band councils including the hiring of teachers up to grade 12.

          So if there is any problem with their education it lies at the feet of the band administrators themselves or at the feet of any NDP wackos who have infiltrated the organizations.

          As usual Emily refuses to acknowledge the truth.

        • People live in isolation because they figure everyone else owes them a living.

          They could leave and live where opportunities abound, like I left my little home town.

          But I always knew I had to make my own living, and could not just stick around mouldering in dependency all my life.

          • No, they live in isolation because that’s where their land is.

            Why on earth are you expecting the aboriginals to follow your Scottish capitalism/free market system?

            What part of ‘different culture’ didn’t you understand?

          • They can live, work, pay taxes, and prosper anywhere in Canada they want, and with a little effort anywhere in the world.

            If you’re suggesting it’s their culture that keeps them in penury, then maybe it’s high time they did something about that problem.

            After all, I do not cleave to any of my ancestral cultures, and it has done me no harm.

          • No, actually they can’t.

            Perhaps it’s your culture that keeps you in irons, and that they don’t want. And yes of course you cleave to it.

          • Open your eyes, Glynn … where do you live, exactly? A little cardboard box house in the suburbs? Do you not go out and meet people. Native Americans leave their First Nations all the time. Wake up.

      • Yes, how stupid of people to blame “white people”. Far better to blame the victims, as you’re clearly doing. Never mind that the poverty is a result of forced isolation and underdevelopment. Never mind that the rape and incest is directly attributable to the rape and abuse of children in residential schools who went on to do it to their own children. Never mind that the government spends more on legal fees to defeat land claims than on infrastructure, education and health on reserves combined. If you lived with that or witnessed that, you might know something of what you’re talking about, instead of hypocritically pointing the finger yourself and condemning it as “victim mentality”.

        • What utter leftist claptrap

          • Uhm … yes … utter leftist claptrap also leads me to believe that there are two theories surrounding why people in a society behave as they do. One is socio-economics and the other is internal dialogue. Do you understand that or should I send you my school books? No. Wait. Your right wing brain only understands simple things … like “Capitalism Rules” and “God put trees here for me to cut them down”. Look, the only reason there are people like you in the world is because it gives us “Lefties” a reason to better educate our children so that they don’t end up like you.

          • When the ‘internal dialogue’ consists of convincing oneself that somebody owes you a living, socioeconomic dysfunction must surely follow since the belief is in contrast with the reality.

          • Actually Glynn, if you would have taken the time to take Social Studies in school instead of picking your bum you would have learned that the term “Internal Dialogue” consists of information you are given while growing up in said society being fed to you by those who are not a member of your circle and then internalizing that information. I don’t know about you, but if I grew up only hearing how terrible of a person I was due to the fact that I was French – like you and Bob seem to enjoy doing regarding Native Americans – the notion that I should be ashamed of who I am would affect my later behaviour – you know, because you say it … I mean, if must be true. Right?

        • “Far better to blame the victims…”

          When the people the most blameworthy turn out to be the victims, then yes, it is necessary to blame the victims.

      • Its the government lawyer again….What does a troll make nowadays?? LOL

        • Bob is a Harper lawyer? Lousy one then.

    • Emily, you old reprobate, don’t be so modest. It’s obvious you’re steeped in “patience.” How could you not be? Everyone on this forum has called you an idiot and yet you soldier on.

      Nevertheless this FN – First Nations business is a load of hooey. These clowns aren’t First Nations they’re immigrants like all the rest of us.

      According to your highly educated friends at Wikipedia we’re all African-Americans including your FN Indians.

      • Yea. WIkipedia is reliable … LOL

        • You can send your blood to National Geographic for testing if you don’t believe it. In this case, wiki reported correctly.

  2. What issue do you expect to dominate 2013?

    The economy. 69.1%

    Aboriginal rights. 14.34%

    Health care. 6.76%

    The environment. 9.79%

    • I don’t know what this is supposed to mean. We don’t get the luxury of dealing with only one topic a year.

      All of those things…and more…. will dominate in 2013….it’s a complex world.

  3. Typical GM editorial.[pity the OC followed suit]

    There are no demands…just talk about the relationship between FNs and why things aren’t working.[clearly Spence and lots of other FNs leaders feel the crown isn’t honouring the treaties…how is that coercion or making demands?] It’s a form of emotional blackmail surely. But that’s always the case when you feel you are desperate enough to use such a tactic…people who feel they have other choices don’t use such tactics.

    I’m no expert but a way to save face is clearly available to the PM..’.stop this now, you’ve made your point, we will schedule talks in the near future’…but promise nothing. Harper is the one in the loser’s corner here; it’ll be interesting to see if he’s too stubborn to bend gracefully.

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    • There are good chiefs and bad ones….same human failings as in the HOC.

      Removing bad ones would be nice, but it won’t change the situation over all

      PS… Indians come from India.

      • Indian:

        The term Columbus coined to describe
        the inhabitants of the so called New World; the term stuck, and
        continues into modern times to describe a “Native American,” (Also known
        as “Red Indians,” a term predominantly coined by Indians (People from India), in order to specify the difference.

        • It is also the official term used in the eponymous Indian Act.

          • Perfect example of how ignorant we’ve been.

        • It is also wrong….Columbus, the idiot….thought he was in India.

          It was actually the Caribbean.

          • Know what else is interesting about Columbus? He didn’t land in North America because while he was travelling there he saw smoke and assumed there was a forest fire. Ended up being Villages strewn along the coast. Just a lot of people cooking food and keeping warm …

  5. The more time and effort is put into things like the ‘treaty relationship’ the less time and effort are available to do anything practical to help the most impoverished indians on ‘first nations’ get out of the quagmire in which they find themselves.

    • We need to enact an overall plan, not just hand out emergency aid

      • We?

        Why don’t you have a bunch of them move in with you?

        • We are under contract to provide them with necessities.

          • Focus….they aren’t Scottish or Anglo-Saxon….so stop repeating Ayn Rand claptrap.

          • Are you suggesting that only certain ancestral groups can manage to figure these sorts of things out? In reality the vast majority of cultures that operate within Canada manage to do just fine.

            Indians stand out in their dysfunction. Not all, since many indians do figure it out, and they work, pay taxes, and generally prosper as much as their neighbours do… despite being excoriated as ‘apples’ by their extended family and ex-friends left on the rez.

            But they’re not the ones mouldering on isolated reserves like Attawapiskat whining for somebody else to fix their lives for them.

          • Capitalism is a European concept….not a universal one

            YOU follow it. Others do not.

            The subcontinent of India is a democracy with 17 languages….and doesn’t have much in common with Canada

          • If they ever let you out for the week end you should hitch hike to Toronto. You might be surprised how much common ground there is.

            Why do you always put people down?.

            But one other thing. There are Reserves out there managed by competent tribal leaders. The people on the well managed reserves take strong advantage of their tax-free status and make highly successful economic lives for themselves.

            These people and the hungry Chief you’re so enamoured with won’t even let anyone look at the place and try to set them on the right direction. They’d rather sit around in the cold and wait for someone to send them ANOTHER cheque.

            So fie on them.

          • People from India who come to Canada seem, in general, to function just fine, be they Punjabi, Gujurati, Hindu, Sikh, or whatever. And there are actually 23 official languages in India, including English, plus a number of minor dialects.

            I don’t see why you keep wanting to bring other cultures into the discussion, though, Scots, English, or whatever else.

            Or Ayn Rand, though I’ve seen so many people complain about her work that I might read some of it someday.

          • Oh watch … now she’s going to say that Chief Spence is starving because she expects someone to feed her with a silver spoon.

          • Source please

          • as Canadians they have rights too, or are you saying now that they are not also Canadians?

          • No. I was responding to poster EmilyOne who made the statement above, “We are under contract to provide them with necessities.”

            My own understanding is that the Crown is under contract of Treaty No 9 to provide each member of the Attiwapiskat band with 2 things: a fixed sum annuity and education.

            I was not aware that there is a contractual obligation to provide “necessities” and I would like to know the source of that claim.

            If you would like to read the Treaty it’s here on the Ministry website.


          • Yes, as we are all Canadians…why doesn’t everyone else agree….that is what a modern society is all about….

          • Doesn’t matter if people agree or not, it’s a legal obligation.

      • To start with people need to be taught that nobody owes them a living.

        The bottom line to most of the ‘first nation’ propaganda is dysfunctional claim that everyone else in Canada owes them something.

        • To start with you need to be taught you aren’t speaking to Canadians…..but to people we have a treaty with. Another culture

          • Chief Clarence Louie has said “Our ancestors worked for a living, and so should you”.

            Why this aversion to providing for oneself and one’s family?

          • Imagine a whole culture of depressed people, especially for those that live great distances from affordable amenities and food. You want a bag of milk for your family? Better get ready to pay more than double, and that with social assistance wages. No one gets rich on welfare, I wish people would stop insisting they do…..they’re a depressed shunned people who don’t have access to adequate nutrition. What happens to those who have low incomes and lack of nutrient rich food? They commit crimes, abuse, become addicted to drugs and alcohol…this doesn’t have to be proven because we see this in white culture, why would it be different for Aboriginals? An abused people for hundreds of years – abused by neglect…

            Chief Louie was create a stable income for Aboriginals in his band, something to also consider is that his band is not located in the middle of nowhere with little access to anything…including doctors, nutrient rich food, good public schools….the list goes on and on….

          • Then move.

            My various ancestors moved to where they thought their prospects were better. I moved away from home for the same reasons.

            If you want to put up with the low standard of living that is created by the traditional way of living, then fine… go to it. BUT you have to realize that the traditional way does not generate the wealth necessary to sustain the modern standard of living.

          • “No one gets rich on welfare”

            Which is exactly why the idea that ‘somebody owes me a living’ is so pernicious. It leads to a dead end.

            The sooner indians realize that the sooner they can escape from the ‘first nations’ and the whole cultural morass that keeps them under the tutelage of chiefs and councils.

          • They worked by hunting and by agriculture. They never had an industrial age.

          • You don’t know where Attiwapiskat is do you?

            And you haven’t read the applicable Treaty No 9. and the background to it where it is clearly documented how the Indians lived, how they sustained themselves, how successful and prosperous they were.

            Agriculture was discussed specifically in the background to the Treaty and there was none. Treaty No 9 differed significantly from earlier Treaties with bands that did engage in agricultural activities. Attiwapiskat is not farm country.

            These people were actively engaged in hunting and trapping and in successful commercial activities with the Hudson Bay Company.

            You’re a fool and all you’re doing is trolling BS and nonsense.Go away!

          • That ‘traditional way of living’ does not generate the wealth necessary to sustain the modern standard of living to which most people aspire.

            And it’s no good pretending that it could.

          • I don’t recall saying that it did.

            Nor do the FN believe it

            However it’s YOU that’s assuming everyone wants a matching living room set, and a frilly bedspread.

          • If they didn’t believe it, they wouldn’t be whining about the fact that they do not have it.

            As jenjenboben relates, milk is very costly, but milk is not part of the ‘traditional way of living’, it’s part of the modern standard of living.

          • People have been drinking milk throughout history

            And natives aren’t whining…..they are demanding what they are owed. That has nothing to do with living room sets and bedspeads. It has to do with education and healthcare.

        • Glynn, I hate to say it, but we DO owe them something. You can start with an apology for your self-righteious know it all behaviour.

          • Why do you think the rest of the country owes some people their living?

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    • Source please

      • Reported on CBC

        • That’s not a source, that’s hearsay. Your version of something you heard on TV.

          Her band members support her, and other than fish broth the only thing she has is water.

          • Tea with sugar in it.

          • That won’t keep you alive, sorry.

          • It’ll keep Spence alive for a long time.

          • No, it won’t.

          • Your ignorance in physiology matches your ignorance in law.

          • Your unreliable reference shows a few of these lunatics going out 94 – 115 days. So lets be on the safe side. Give us a call on the Ides of March.

            Ten bucks says by that time she’ll have gained 15 pounds and be wanting Harper to buy her $28,000 worth of diet food from Jenny Craig..

          • TheSodSays, the reference is reliably sourced. Stop trolling.

          • Ok with me, make it earlier then.

            Ten bucks says by Bugs Bunny’s birthday she’ll have gained 15 pounds and be wanting Harper to buy her $28,000 worth of diet food from Jenny Craig.

            This is nothing but a deflection and cover up for the incompetence in having bankrupt an Indian band.

            This is Zambonis up the Attiwapiskat at $70,000 per plus delivery. ($150,000 ? who knows)

          • She’s the size of a Sumo wrestler, she’ll last forever.
            If not ………. , so be it!

          • Ten bucks says your wrong. She’s already gained weight. Look at her. It’s a scam

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          • LOL another ‘expert on hunger strikes’.

          • ….so says….test group of one?

  7. There is no doubt Canada is a great country, but the two greatest obstacles to Canada’s increased awesomeness are the dysfunctional nature of our constitutional power-sharing arrangement between provinces and the federal government and the ongoing tragedy of having 3rd world, first nations communities embedded in one of the world’s richest countries.

    Idle no more is a historic opportunity for Harper to address the latter (actually his second such opportunity). There is plenty of blame that has been directed at both the federal government through the years and the aboriginal leadership. Most of the blame is well deserved. The obvious takeaways from Idle no more is that the First Nations are fed up with the status quo and feel an unprecedented urgency to press for change. The less obvious is that their single demand is discussion.

    I hope Harper takes advantage of this opportunity. In spite of my feelings towards many of his policies, he is a skilled negotiator and understands the long-game. What we do not need is someone buying a transient peace without resolving underlying issues.

    Idle no more is an opportunity to transform the dysfunctional relationship between Canada and its First Nations into one that is fair, transparent and sustainable into the future. It will require hard work, tough negotiations and some inspiration on both sides, but given the current situation is clearly worth the effort.

  8. Guess who owns shares in Enbridge,
    Pembina Pipeline Corp., Exxon, Cnooc (!), Halliburton, Canadian Oil
    Sands Trust, Occidental Petroleum, and what appears to be every natural
    resource company under the sun?


    Attawapiskat Trust fund, that’s who. They profit from the oil sands while concern trolling about the environment – nice racket.

    The blockade that is costing CN $5 million a day isn’t helping the portfolio either since they own shares in CN too.

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  9. Nothing short of seizing government buildings is needed. Nothing short of reoccupying ancient lands is needed. Nothing short of provoking an armed conflict with the army is absolutely needed. Where is your Wounded Knee Idle No More?

    Chris Roberts

    • Not a clever solution, since they’d be outnumbered and outarmed.

      They will have to go the Gandhi-Martin Luther King route…..which is just what she’s started.

      • She’ no Martin Luther King.
        She’s the Chief of a bankrupt Indian Band and pulling this stunt as a last ditch effort to get her chest nuts out of the fire.

  10. Years ago lived next door to a native woman from an oil rich reserve . At age 18 each reserve member would receive $15,000 in oil royalty. She was one of the few smart ones who used her money for education. Most partied, drank , bought a car and had their money spent within a year. When you live in that society of entitlement why can any government do

    • The most pernicious belief that can be instilled in anyone is the belief that someone else owes them a living.

      • Oh? I think believing that a sky fairy is watching over you is far worse.

        • Most people who believe in god(s) function well, are self sufficient, and manage to prosper.

          On the contrary, those who have a core belief in depending on someone else to provide them a living seldom end up with much of a living out of it.

          The latter have worse outcomes than the former.

          • Most people who believe in gods get into wars, and hold back progress.

          • Most people believe in god(s), period. It seems to be a genetically ingrained defect in the human brain. But those who do not believe in god(s) do not have markedly different outcomes than those who do.

            So it’s pretty much an irrelevancy. Belief in “somebody owes me a living”, on the other hand, leads almost inevitably toward poverty and misery.

          • No, most people don’t. And no, it has nothing to do with genetics.

            Not irrelevant either….it changes your life.

            Mostly it seems to be white religious males who believe somebody owes them a living. You are quite happy to make your living by depriving other people.

            Take their oil, uranium, gold, diamonds, land…..as long as you get yours.

          • Heh heh heh… The prevalence of belief in god(s) demonstrates that it IS inherent to our genetics. And all but a small minority of people do believe in some sort of god(s).

            And no, I deprive no one of anything theirs. Are you somehow suggesting that indians own the mineral rights outside their ‘first nations’? Or that the ‘first nations’ own mineral rights outside their reserve boundaries?

            They do not.

          • A prevalence of belief in fairies doesn’t make them real, or make the belief genetic.

            It’s cultural.

            And over a billion people are known to be atheists.

            Your entire way of life is dependent on others….on their resources and their work. Always has been. We are colonialists.

          • A lot of First Nations believe in the fairy that hands them $15,000 at age 18 for doing nothing

          • Again….source?

          • INAC

          • Exactly…..and as such, worthless.

          • Like all your useless comments

          • Mouland is another whiner and sniveler on here I see.

          • Cheap insults and an inability to debate issues Emiily is a typical leftie loon ZERO

          • There is no debate.

            We have constitutional obligations to the FN.

            Whining and sniveling about me doesn’t change that.

          • You havean obligation in this country to WORK seems the Natives are the biggest whiners and snivelers

          • Really? Where does it say that?

            Does it specify what kind of work?

            How do landlords work?

          • Source. ?

          • CITE YOUR SOURCE. to opine with ill-articulated thoughts that are not backed by fact or truth is a waste of time and energy.

          • “My idiot opinion” /fixed

          • your opinion is moot.

          • Emily In – Garbage Out

    • Source please.

      • That sounds like Hobbema.

        You can look up the grave social issues there yourself, Emily.

        • I didn’t make the claim….not up to me to prove it. It’s up to Mouland.

          • Ah, so you care nothing for the truth, and write only empty rhetoric?

            You can educate yourself, you know. You don’t need others to do more than point the way.

          • I’m waiting for the truth here…not your racism. So shut it.

          • Go visit the place, then, but be careful because there are several drug gangs operating and they dislike outsiders snooping around. Along with shooting up people’s houses from time to time.

          • Stay off native land then.

          • I don’t know about you Emily, but if I was given 15,000 dollars at 18, I would have probably partied hard, too. Why not? It so silly how they make it seem so “HORRIBLE” because it happens to be Native Kids who are partying up …

          • All these racists are blaming natives for what they do themselves….they just don’t like to admit it.

            Ruins their superiority complex.

          • Source please

          • Why cant use Google yourself

    • Because as you say you lived next door to a native somhow makes you an expert and able to judge a nation…wow in that thinking my poor Mexican neighbor his whole nationality must not know how to speak english or want to learn.

      • I am not an expert had more natives followed her example there would probably be less need for protests like Idle No More. How do you justify blowing $15,000 on party,party,party

    • …and any other young person, in general society, living in poverty…if given a large sum of money w/no guidelines….would be righteous saints with it? give me a break. as for entitlement, do some research about the *true* history of this nation. case in point: “entitlement” = who’s? if you’re referring to Treaty agreement, then yes–WE ARE ENTITLED.

  11. Just a side note, Mrs. Spence stated in an interview once that it was not the idlenomore movement that sparked her action, but hearing the concerns of another leader and the treatment that the government and the lack of concern and/or care that they are bound to provide during a AFN meeting. No longer cloaked in seclusion and swept under the rug, I believe First Nations, such as Mrs, Spence are actually just seeking to be treated with equitable respect.

    • I agree, I wonder though, why more FN’s people are not enlisting the help of fellow Canadians in this struggle…I would support, force my kids to support, in whatever way I could because I believe that at the very least, FN’s people should have the opportunities that I have..the fact that they live reserve on off reserve is just geography.

      My slight gripe with this movement is that it has become a FN’s vs White thing (for some) when it should really be a FN’s thing against the government, which would encourage others to join the fight and support not only the proper treatment of Aboriginals, but also better care of our lakes and rivers, environmental protections, better and more effective use of government funds, the INDIAN ACT….etc….

      In a way, I worry a little that less informed non-aboriginals will grow tired with the movement if they themselves cannot find something to identify with….

      stop blaming all white people and blame the government instead for the problems facing Aboriginals…..

      • It is about FN vs government. I’ve seen caucasian, black, asian people intermingled with Aboriginal protests. I was at a Vancouver rally and the speaker asked non-Aboriginals to yell “idle No More”, and about a third of the crowd of about 500 yelled.

  12. I am sorry but do you people hear yourselves? Blaming, name calling, pointing fingers…neither can see beyond themselves. This is not about who is to blame, its about change in what has been said and has not been said. We are all of us people of the earth and we have collectively forgotten that. We have forgotten how to live with each other and how to live harmoniously on the earth. That is what this is about, it has nothing to do with money because money is just a lie – its just a weapon they use to keep us inline so that the powers that be can do what they want and we will be to busy fighting about the money. Stop just stop! Listen to the drums as they represent the heartbeat of our mother and try to remember that if we destroy our mother we destroy ourselves. We must change ourselves and how we see and treat each other and how we treat the very planet we live on. We can no longer be idle in this unless we wish to bring upon our own demise.

    • If it had nothing to do with money, Spence would not have been demanding more of it for Attawapiskat.

      The rest of your post does not even make enough sense to discuss.

      • The reason it makes no sense to you is because you are too angry and worried about money, the Chief is not asking for money she is asking for a meeting. I understand you are afraid, but there is nothing to fear, this is about protecting a people, a people that understand that they are the last voice for protecting the land and water that even you need to survive. It is your last hope – The First Nations are trying to protect the environment so that your children might have clean water and clear air to breath.

        • Like I said, you aren’t making any sense.

          There’s lots of sentimentality but no substance. A lot of feathers but no chicken.

          • Shes making alot of sense..you’ve been on here too long and you’ve lost your marbles.

          • Oh, come off it. “listen to the drums” “destroy mother” “change how we see” and other vague meaningless fluff.

            Or to perhaps clarify things, all that fluff could carry so many possible different meanings that it is impossible to tell what was intended by the writer.

  13. As a white kid growing up I went school with first nation children bussed in from the reservation. Most of them came from hard working very decent families. One thing i know is some omnibus bill aint gonna change shit better or for worse for first nations peoples, it comes down to the individual. Spence what do you think meeting with Harper is really going to achieve? You need to focus your attention on curbing your ego and figuring out how to make a real difference with the money you have for your people. Frankly i think you should step down as chief and let someone else do what you should have a long time ago- be a real leader instead of a chronic complainer!

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