Grassroots environmental movement revival in Idle No More
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Patrick Center March 1, 2013 | WGVU
“People from Europe to Australia are crying out Idle No More and showing solidarity.”
“It started off in Canada with the First Nations and that was in protest for Canadian bill C-45 and that essentially eliminated almost all protections for their waterways. So instead of 30,000 fresh water lakes being protected they’re now down to 97….Most, if not all of those, were on tribal lands.”
“My name is Nikole LeCompte I’m president of the Native American Student Association at Grand Valley State University.
That’s where about 50 Idle No More followers recently held a rally of support..
“Any environmental action whether it’s fracking or whether it’s clean water versus dirty water, pollution, you know it’s kind of corporation’s rights versus the people’s rights to a clean environment.”
“If you don’t have water you die.”
“My name is Steven Naganashe Perry.”
The 65-year old Vietnam War Veteran is a descendant of Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay Band and Ontario, Canada’s Garden River Reserve.
“I used to tell people my hair had the shortness of war and the longness of peace.”
First Native ancestry ordained protectors of Earth, Idle No More spreads its nonviolent message globally through social media sites like Facebook. The question is how does Idle No More’s message reach lawmakers and corporate America to create the desired change? LeCompte admits that’s a good question.
“This movement initially in its young stages is kind of just getting our voices out there and then eventually we’ll progress and start petitioning, calling for meetings with your government I think is the next step.”
A recent Forum Research poll indicates nearly half of Canadians don’t support the movement. But at this point, Idle No More is a philosophy of environmental protection taking hold far beyond the Great White’s borders.
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