Idle No More
The Idle No More movement has been pressuring the government to respect indigenous sovereignty and the treaty agreements. Canada’s history of violent colonization of indigenous people continues to this day, resulting in outstanding land claims, a lack funding for education and housing, as well as shameful situations which place money and resource development over the lives and health of indigenous people and communities.
Idle No More is calling upon Canada, its provinces and its territories to:
1. Repeal provisions of Bill C-45 (including changes to the Indian Act and Navigable Waters Act, which infringe on environmental protections, Aboriginal and Treaty rights) and abandon all pending legislation that does the same.
2. Deepen democracy in Canada through practices such as proportional representation and consultation on all legislation concerning collective rights and environmental protections, and include legislation that restricts corporate interests.
3. In accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ principle of free, prior, and informed consent, respect the right of Indigenous peoples to say no to development on their territory.
4. Cease its policy of extinguishment of Aboriginal Title and recognize and affirm Aboriginal Title and Rights, as set out in section 35 of Canada’s constitution, and recommended by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
5. Honour the spirit and intent of the historic Treaties. Officially repudiate the racist Doctrine of Discovery and the Doctrine of Terra Nullius, and abandon their use to justify the seizure of Indigenous Nations lands and wealth.
6. Actively resist violence against women and hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and involve Indigenous women in the design, decision-making, process and implementation of this inquiry, as a step toward initiating a comprehensive and coordinated national action plan.
We are also working with students across the country in support of increased funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), which funds status First Nations and Inuit students to attend post-secondary education.
At our 2012 Annual General Meeting attendees voted overwhelmingly to support the Idle No More movement.