Tuesday, 22 January 2013

More Thoughts on Idle No More

Does everyone realize that a reply to a comment can only be 4,096 characters total? Well I didn't know that since I'm still figuring out how all this blog stuff works, but I am learning all the time and will get there. 
Here is the link to the posting in reference in case you missed it the other day.

Some Thoughts on Idle No More

Occupy The Parliament Buildings's photo. - I really like this photo.
Last night I started off writing a very long reply to a comment, but then it wouldn't let me post it as it was too long. Just before I had discovered that I was thinking that I had gotten carried away on the reply and that it was turning into a new blog post. I got lost in the reply in trying to scroll up and down to see what I had already included and not. Then I thought that chances were that I'd said all that needed to be said at that point in response to the comment of R.J. Pare (sorry don't know how to make that accent-ague). So a decision was made for me... stop trying to make it a reply and change it into a new blog posting.

 Here is the culprit that started this extra work (totally kidding; I really enjoy getting comments):

r. j. parĂ©  Commented on 20 January 2013 20:31 

I think the Idle No More movement has been very disingenuous. Originally focused on Chief's Spence's ongoing disagreement with the Gov and a grossly misrepresented bill C-45. When the general public began to see that Chief Spence's position and the conditions on her reserve were not the result of an evil government - they began to question Idle No More. When they examined the claims made by Idle No More, in regards Bill C-45, and discovered many exaggerations and misrepresentations they - doubted Idle No More - even more.

When they then took the time to see the aggressive and violent agitators in the movement they then realized that it has more in common with the recent history of First Nations violence [Oka & Caledonia for examples] than rights advocacy.

We can debate treaty rights and speak of various issues that need to be resolved - but once you use violence - you position becomes moot as society needs to be protected from such actions.

My Reply:

Hi R.J, Ty for leaving a comment.

I have not heard of any violence surrounding the INM events. Of course I do not have any MSM (Main Stream Media) in my house at this time, but I have been on and around the INM pages and have not heard of anything bad happening. Do you have some specific details about some problems that occurred?

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I did have some doubts about the genuineness of the INM movement at some moments surrounding Spence as well. Only because I didn't feel that she was supposed to be a leader of the movement, but somehow the media was trying to put her in that position. INM was just emerging at the same time as Spence declared her hunger strike, and as such, people idled even less to get by her side and support her cause. Thereby, the media mistakenly jumped to it's assumptions that she was the movement's leader. The Spence/Attawapiskat issues are more complicated than what was being said at that time.

The INM Movement is bigger than Spence and Attawapiskat. It is gathering momentum every day it seems and is about all societal issues that are affecting all Canadians (especially First Nations), and it is about time that we all band together and do something about it. This ties into the Occupy Movement as well. We are all the 99%. There are more of us than them, and I believe that they might just be getting worried about now. Because we can hit them in the pocketbook, which is all they seem to care about.

However, it sounds like you were listening to some disingenuous smears against Spence that was orchestrated by the CPC gov't and MSM to try and diffuse the movement. Touche to them.

The Oka crisis, as far as I can remember (I was fairly young at the time and not very politically aware) was about a land grab by some developers that wanted to build a golf course on lands that were not negotiated out of a treaty territory (sorry if I am not that accurate on this, as I did not take the time to look it up at this time; just going by what I remember). Ok, so I went and looked up the year lol - 1990 - I was 25 and struggling with my own crises in BC. I had never been that involved in politics nor Quebec at that time (was just starting to learn about vicious office politics tho), but I watched the news every evening. By looking at your pic, I'm guessing you are even a bit younger than me? So you probably don't remember that much first hand either?

Anyway, in one of my links in the article above, Chelsea Vowel, was the best info that I could find about the misinformation that was smeared about Spence. Maybe you didn't take the time to take it all in - it is a very long article, but I found interesting and informative and worth the read.

It does basically dispel the inflated figures that were broadcast and supposedly mismanaged. The $90 million figure is over the course of several years and is not all gov't money... etc, please read the article; that is why I included the link. I have already read it in it's entirety and don't want to repeat its relevant points again all here. I'm just trying to respond the best I can to your comment.

Have you considered what type of blatant spending that goes on in the Canadian gov't? What they may or not be able to say about any First Nations spending, would pale in comparison to the expense accounts of MPs. Remember Bev Oda, with the limo rides (even though there was a free shuttle available) and $15 glasses of orange juice? I have the dishonour of living in John Duncan's constituency. Try that link to see what I think of him.

Jessica Ernst
Jessica Ernst demonstrating flammable water
I hope to be here to educate and I am very pleased that I have had a very good audience for this article and yesterday's post about Jessica Ernst's struggle with Encana over fracking. TY all - I doubled my views from the last 3 months in the last 3 days. Yippee; I am thankful for the interest/support ;) However, I had less visits to the fracking issue which is showing promise and some sanity from some jurisdictions. More info on the Ernst case can be found at http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/. New York State just instituted a moratorium on fracking.

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Back to you R.J., please assess the media influences you see with a grain of salt, gather information from various sources, and then piece it all together for yourself and come up with a truth. Along the way, your truth may be challenged.... be open to that, you never know what you may learn and need to change your version of your truth if it is warranted.

pic via Sandy Sjollema
You look Canadian, and we need everyone's support (all Canadians, Indians, Indigenous, brown, black, red, yellow, whoever, and their dog). Anyone who gives a crap about this earth and the preservation of our planet and environment in which we all need to survive (including the dogs and all other critters great and small); water, air, land.

May I recommend that you look a little more into what is involved and bundled up in Bill C45, be critical of every media input, and delve a little more into the issues that have faced Canadian First Nations (again - some links above), especially - Feature: The Canadian Holocaust: Hidden No Longer - KevinAnnett - Unrepentant (YouTube link).
Ryan McCracken photo
The nationwide movement has united First Nations to talk about the issues facing their people and the passing of federal Bill C-45. First Nations have voiced concern with changes made in the bill, such as the removing of federal protection for several lakes and rivers and the management of reserve lands.

Then again, maybe you are a troll, but my key-strokes are not wasted as long as someone else reads this and takes a deeper look into the issues and informs themselves. Bill C-45 is a complex bundle of legislation that touches on all kinds of elements of Canadian values that should not be included in a "Budget" Bill as far as I'm concerned. It is a deliberate attempt by the CPC gov't to try and slip injustices by Canadians without them paying attention. Well, guess what? I think he failed at that. Our Mr. Dictator Harper has been caught trying to put one over on us.
The blatant continual degradation of democratic procedure, has stirred up a hornet's nest that he may or not have been expecting. Maybe he expected to just pass these things through without anyone noticing? A big bundle of crap, that no one would want to try and decipher? His mistake though was just that - Enbridge, FIPA, CNOOC, Budget Bill 5, 10 36, 45, HUT - caught all of our attentions. He just made the biggest mistake of his career; shot himself in the foot so they say. Previous Post - Canada Has Lost its Democracy

P.S. (I knew I had a PS) I am not native per se, but I believe in Mother earth and that is all that is needed right now. She is screaming out... can you hear her?

Check this out:
Same Thing is Going on in the UK
What is going on with all of our world leaders? Have they all lost their minds? Do you really think they can get away with this crap? It's almost like they are wanting us to challenge them on their actions.

And in Australia:
Lost the link to what I saw on there. Will post it later if I find it again.

Anyway, the point is that the INM movement is going viral and global. This is going to be undeniable to all leaders in all countries if they don't smarten up and stop the injustices being done to people Indigenous and otherwise, all over the world.

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