Sunday, 27 January 2013

Mayan 2012 message.Aboriginals, rise up

This is working well. The #idlenomore
is going wild on Twitter. It's about time
that white folk joined them in taking
back their rights.

marching in Ottawa, old home of the Odawa tribe

on the Hill, that used to be theirs: OOPS

checkitout:  The Globe and Mail

Naomi Klein
As Chief Spence starves, Canadians awaken from idleness and remember their roots

Published Monday, Dec. 24 2012, 11:24 AM EST
Last updated Monday, Dec. 24 2012, 11:27 AM EST
I woke up just past midnight with a bolt. My six-month-old son was crying. He has a cold – the second of his short life–and his blocked nose frightens him. I was about to get up when he started snoring again. I, on the other hand, was wide awake.
A single thought entered my head: Chief Theresa Spence is hungry. Actually it wasn’t a thought. It was a feeling. The feeling of hunger. Lying in my dark room, I pictured the chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation lying on a pile of blankets in her teepee across from Parliament Hill, entering day 14 of her hunger strike.
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I had of course been following Chief Spence’s protest and her demand to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the plight of her people and his demolition of treaty rights through omnibus legislation. I had worried about her. Supported her. Helped circulate the petitions. But now, before the distancing filters of light and reason had a chance to intervene, I felt her. The determination behind her hunger. The radicality of choosing this time of year, a time of so much stuffing – mouths, birds, stockings – to say: I am hungry. My people are hungry. So many people are hungry and homeless. Your new laws will only lead to more of this misery. Can we talk about it like human beings?