Idle No More calms after the storm

Tease the day: National conversation about Aboriginal affairs takes a breather after chaotic week

by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

CP/Fred Chartrand

The fever pitch sustained by Aboriginal leaders, Idle No More protesters, and hunger-strikers on Ottawa’s Victoria Island relented over the weekend. Everyone’s taking a breather after an onslaught of pressure forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston to meet with Assembly of First Nations chiefs. Over the weekend, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who stayed relatively quiet during the last week of protests, suggested Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence should end her protest, instead calling on Aboriginal leaders to pressure the government to follow through on its commitments. Former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come sent a similar message, as did Justice Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As well, Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak stepped down from earlier comments about bringing Canada’s economy “to its knees,” instead endorsing only peaceful protests.

More demonstrations are planned for this week, but the national conversation has taken on an altogether calmer tone.


What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with further Aboriginal protests planned for this week. The National Post fronts six men arrested in another India gang rape on a bus. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with the high odds that Ontario will soon have its first female premier. The Ottawa Citizen leads with Canadian logistical support to the fight against extremists in Mali. iPolitics fronts guidelines to playing nice on Twitter. CBC.ca leads with the RCMP’s inability to track internal misconduct for a number of years. National Newswatch showcases a Charlottetown Guardian story in which a woman claims the government’s new EI rules wrongly disqualify her from collecting a cheque.


Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. DND hiring. Canada’s defence ministry lays off civilian employees only to re-hire them on different assignments, according to a letter from the commander of the army in Ontario. 2. Wind power. For the first time, Ontarians receive more electricity from wind power (3%) than coal-generated power (2.8%), thanks to a draw-down in coal-burning plants.
3. Eagle feathers. An Alberta official says there’s been a recent spike in the sale of illegal eagle feathers, many of which are used in the traditional First Nations costume trade. 4. NDP/PQ tension. The federalist party that represents most of Quebec is often at odds with the province’s governing party, says the PQ intergovernmental affairs minister.




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Idle No More calms after the storm

  1. After looking at the War Bonnet on Chief Tailfeathers I won’t be having a calm day until I figure out how much my pocket book was fleeced to buy it for him.

    Looks like he picked up a nice tailored suit to go with it.

    • I hope it cost a lot, for your sake.

  2. It would be very interesting to find out who or what organization paid for the buses and hotels for many of the “Idled Since Birth” protestors who showed up in Ottawa last Friday.

    • Exactly. This whole movement seems to be very well funded. But I’ve come to realize over the last month that we can’t expect the Canadian media to be even the slightest bit inquisitive or critical of First Nations. When releasing an audit results in accusations of racism, you know that no meaningful discussion of the issues will be had.

  3. Nice to see the commentary here from Macleans loyal readers. Such rabid racism is only outdone by such shallow observation. Oddly this is in response to commentary that is completely out of touch by the original author of the piece. Idle no more is not any more calm than it was last week. All that has changed is the MSM and the rhetoric in a bid to manage down Idle no More on behalf of this government. MacLeans used to be a respectable publication but Coyne and company have turned into nothing but propaganda platform for the “leader” so much so I am positive they are disappointed that the name Harpers is already taken by another publication, however it would be most fitting for this now much reduced rag, which finds now finds a place in my washroom where its found a use when the TP roll runs dry.

  4. Honour your treaty rights, no more greedy whites

  5. Nice photo of Big Chief Chucklehead.

    A perfect symbol for everything wrong in aboriginal governance.

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