Saturday, October 25, 2014

‘Idle’ teach-in planned

A teach-in for the public is planned for this Sunday (Jan. 27) at the Sunset Country Métis Hall here as part of the “Idle No More” movement.
Confirmed speakers will include Lakehead University instructor Robert Animikii Horton, who is from Rainy River First Nations.

His topic will be “the 1969 White Paper in 2013,” with an overview of the legislative agenda and impacts on aboriginal communities in Canada.
Elder Priscilla Simard, meanwhile, will discuss the “Idle No More” movement from a grandmother’s perspective and why we all should be idle no more.
As well, Couchiching lawyer Sara Mainville will discuss treaty governance as the path forward for better relations in the 55,000 square miles of Treaty #3 territory.
The gathering, slated for 1-4 p.m., will open with local elders’ invocation.
It will wrap up with a round dance and hand drumming.
“Discussion points include why everyone needs to be ‘Idle No More,’ what the Harper legislative agenda means for Canada and our shared environment, and why the Indian Act path—while some say is paved with good intentions—is a great barrier to the hopes and dreams of the Anishinaabe nation in Treaty #3,” said Mainville, who is part of the local “Idle No More” organizing group.
“We do hope that Chief Theresa Spence ends her hunger strike by this time, and we respect her personal decision to go on if she does,” Mainville added.
“But ‘Idle No More’ is a grassroots movement that wants real change for the aboriginal peoples in Canada and their relationship with Canadians,” she stressed. “We continue to be ‘Idle No More.’”
There will be time for discussion after the presentations.

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