reported on Tuesday that at last, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has finally agreed to a meeting with the Idle No More movement
The above beautiful short film provides a portrait of Canada’s Idle No More
, which is a worldwide indigenous movement started by the First Nation Tribes of Canada in an attempt to protect Constitutional Treaty Rights of the Indian Act.
These rights are being threatened by the proposed C-45 Bill, which will significantly decrease tribal leader and community control over decisions related to the land and water use on Indian Reserve lands.
The tribal peoples of Canada would have little to no control over how corporations make use of untapped natural resources, specifically on indigenous territory protected under Sovereignty treaties.
Asking Prime Minister Harper to attend a discussion regarding the Bill and treaty rights, Attawapiska Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike on December 11, 2012. Spence says she is willing to die for her people’s rights. Finally, today, Harper has agreed to a meeting.
The above film documents an event held in Seattle, Washington on December 29, 2012, which is one of many worldwide events in support of the Idle No More movement. The gathering was organized by Lawrence Miguel and James Ole Coyote Sacred Water.
Directed by Dave Wilson, along with Brother Ali, Frank Ocean, Atmosphere, Yelawolf, Evidence, and produced by Tulalip tribal member and independent recording artist Brodie Stevens “Redskin”, the film also has footage by cameraman Ben Hampton.
The video is narrated by author Gyasi Ross and elder Ramona Bennett.