Listening to Idle No More
PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES / DOMINIC CHAN
an idle No More rally takes place outside the British consulate-General in downtown Toronto as part of the
aboriginal Day of action in January.
Matthew coon come is the grand chief of Eeyouch, the James Bay
Cree Nation. He was national chief of the Assembly of First Nations from
2000 to 2003. He shares why we need to pay attention to Idle No More.
By Matthew Coon Come
aboriginal peoples’ protests have dominated the Can- adian media over the past few months. It is winter. It is cold. Yet indigenous people
of all nations and ages are gathering in the
rain and snow in unprecedented numbers
all across this country, under the brave,
descriptive banner of Idle No More.
These grassroots expressions of deep
anguish, frustration, and resolve are shin-
ing a bright spotlight on the deplorable
economic and social situation endured
by so many Aboriginal peoples in this
wealthy, land-rich and resource-rich G8
country called Canada.