(Thank you Tara Hunt for the use of this picture)
I was at the Flash mob at the White Oak Mall and a woman rightly pointed out that a letter is better to get the point across. You know, she was right. Only, more people will just sign a petition and won’t bother writing. SO, here is to all of you who like to do Democracy the best way – the Prime Minister’s office info.
IDLE NO MORE Strikes a Cord of the Heart
What is it that tugs so hard at our hearts as we watch our Native peoples protest on the streets of Canada, demanding that their treaty rights are respected? Granted, deep in our subconscious, there is the sympathy with their Ancestors that were proud and courageous people who were pushed to their knees with near genocide, and then had their culture broken. And today there is a respect for those who have raised again on their feet to demand the rights the original white negotiators promised. Those negotiators of the past, looking at those Natives that they and the Government had broken could never that thought that the future Natives would never be able to mend themselves and then demand to retain the meager treaty rights that they had been given. It has the feeling of a hand from outside this world has pushed this people forward to this day, like a parent gently positioning their child in a line to await their turn for a prize.
I am thrilled to see that it is the young people and the women of the Native community that have lead the IDLE NO MORE movement that has shown no fear of such boldness. With the grassroots Natives in mind, I think of the words of the song “Bobby McGee”, “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,” and I add that with nothing to lose there is only that which can be gained ahead.
The fact that it is the people initiating this movement means that this is a democratic movement that is speaking so loudly to Power. I have been active politically for more than 40 years, and for more than 30 years of that time I have been trying to get the rest of Canadians to struggle for Democracy. But the rest of Canadians have had it too easy for too long. But just maybe the 3 decades of stagnant wages for the middle class is causing many to consider where we are going, and they don’t like the look of the down the road. Only recently has there been a turning of the collective public mind to recognize that we are going to have to demand change if we are to share in the wealth that our Government Leaders have, in the past, so faithfully lavished on the wealthy. Perhaps now our ruling Parties will have to begin to consider Canada’s 99% and not so readily the Corporate citizens whom contribute so generously to their political campaigns. Occupy and then the Student protests in Quebec were like pulses of the blood that with Idle No More can move us forward to change.
All Canadians, as do all peoples of the world, need to recognize that where there is a power imbalance those without power will some day make demands of those that are withholding the peoples inalienable rights. We the people, will some day figure out that the Leader is the servant of the people, just as the people will come to an understanding that in a civil society government was instituted to serve the people. These were stories we told ourselves, like we were speaking to the child in ourselves, to comfort ourselves from our lack of Democracy. Our governments are all wrong where our leaders dictate to us and do not consider our opinion – who are we the people that we are subjected to Government. We have first subjected ourselves to myths of Leaders leading us for our own collective good. When in fact power has always corrupted the holder of power. We all are guilty of not making our Leaders, our Governments accountable.
As echoed in the article by the Indigenous writer Wab Kinew, in he article “Idle No More Is Not Just an “Indian Thing,” This struggle of the people can be seen as far back as the lower royals and the people of London, England rising up against King John and subsequently they forced the King to sign the Magna
Carta in 1215. No blood was shed then, and no blood needs to be shed when the resistance to Power is sufficient to change our politics. And as I have alluded to in many of my blogs, we, the people, will never get our present Parties to change, they are largely the reason for our present problems of our politicians having deaf ears to those whom they are supposed to represent. We will some day have to recognize that the Parties were designed to manage the people, so we will have to vote for Independents who will have no allegiance to anyone, but to the people who voted for them. This is The New Democracy, for IDLE NO MORE and for all Canadians. When our hearts, White and Indigenous, long for Democracy, as do the hearts of all the children of the Earth, will we struggle to create the Magna Carta2 today?
Please pass this on. Today is the time to make the change. The fire is hot.
- Idle No More Is Not Just an “Indian Thing http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/wab-kinew/idle-no-more-canada_b_2316098.html#slide=1865228
- #IdleNoMore and the fight for democracy (macleans.ca)
- #idlenomore protest born on Twitter, goes worldwide (calgaryherald.com)