The Faith Today Interview With
It may have been omnibus Bill C- 45 that triggered it, but the Idle No More movement clear- ly tapped into far more than frustration over the bill critics ay weakens environmental protection and First Nations land rights. By Karen Stiller
ray aldred is a member of
the Swan river cree Nation
in alberta, and assistant
professor of theology at
ray Aldred is a member of the Swan River Cree Nation in Alberta, and as- sistant professor of theology at Ambrose University. He is involved with My
People International (MPI), a faith-based
organization focused on developing the full
capacity of Native North Americans.
Aldred spoke candidly with Faith Today
senior editor Karen Stiller about the passion
– and deep frustration – behind the Idle No
More movement, and why all Canadian
Christians should be paying attention.
FT: Ray, what do you think lies behind the
Idle No More movement?
RA: Most Canadians are uninformed about
their own history. Years ago they were
apologizing for assimilation, yet in every
omnibus bill the government has hidden
some small kind of assimilation to force
First Nations to assimilate into Canadian
society. The government just chips away
and takes away.
FT: Did the 2008 residential school apol-
ogy by the government do anything to
With this issue of Faith Today we introduce a new and regular feature, the Faith Today Interview. We will try to ask the questions that need to be asked of the people you would like to
hear from. They will be thought leaders, activists, writers, politicians, ministry leaders, and
others who have something to share with the Canadian evangelical Church – and our country
as a whole. We anticipate honesty, new insights, the occasional moments of discomfort and
disagreement – and a great new addition to our usual roster of news, features and columns.