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Idle No More protesters stall railway lines, highways

5-hour blockade of railways between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

First Nations chiefs and Idle No More activists staged Canada-wide protests Wednesday, as part of a national day of action

It is time for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to condemn a rising tide of violence against aboriginal Idle No More protestors, said representatives of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence on Friday.“I think the Prime Minister of Canada needs to take responsibility and a true leadership role in denouncing these acts of violence,” said Ellen Gabriel, a member of the Indigenous Women of Turtle Island.

“There was a young aboriginal woman in Thunder Bay who was raped and she was told that all aboriginal people deserve this,” said Gabriel, referring to the brutal abduction, strangulation and rape of 36-year-old mother on Dec. 27. The attackers allegedly told their victim “You Indians deserve to lose your treaty rights,” and called her a “dirty squaw.”

First Nations demonstrators stopped passenger railway traffic lines between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal today, while others stalled major highways and rail lines in parts of Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario as part of the Idle No More Movement’s national day of action.

Protesters also gathered in Windsor, Ont., near the Ambassador Bridge to Michigan, slowing down traffic to North America’s busiest border crossing for several hours, the CBC’s Allison Johnson reported.

Activities including rallies, blockades and prayer circles were staged across the country Wednesday as part of the grassroots movement calling for more attention to changes that were contained in Bill C-45, the Conservative government’s controversial omnibus budget bill that directly affected First Nations communities. Continue reading

Theresa’s Hunger Strike on day 15 .. urgent support  needed

Idle No More: Women rise to lead when it’s needed most

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Chief Theresa Spence is now on Day 13 of her hunger strike. Too weak to leave the teepee she is living in on Victoria Island, a mere stone’s throw from Parliament, she called for a round dance yesterday at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Prime Minister Harper’s residence.

Throughout the duration of her hunger strike, Harper has maintained a chilly silence around the grassroots Indigenous movement now widely known as Idle No More, taking to Twitter instead to share his jokes about bacon with the Canadian electorate.

What started as a string of emails between four Saskatchewan women back in November in protest of Bill C-45 eventually became a hashtag on social media, snowballing over time into a global movement for Indigenous rightsContinue reading

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