- Valerie Harrison
- Vancouver , B.c.
Will the Idle No More movement actually make a change for the better?
The Canadian First Nations grassroots, Idle No More movement lit a match to protest across Canada and spread to Aboriginal peoples and supporters around the world.
From the initial small protest about hundreds of missing First Nations women that law enforcement has not solved to environmental protection blossomed to encompass all First Nations political and social concerns as well as environmental concerns by both First Nations and environmentalists. Especially important is that Canada's current government is committed to make Canada a major exporter of oil, gas and coal. To this end, major international producers are planning to build or expand the pipelines. Those pipelines are primarily on First Nations Land.
The question: Is Idle No More a passing activist fad or will it continue to grow and gain support of the Canadian and international community.
Will the commitment of the Canadian government stand firm and erode First Nations rights in their focus on building the economy on resource export?