This weeks column from 24Hrs Vancouver: Efforts to discredit Idle No More show its worth
Who wins this week? Columnists Laila Yuile and Kathryn Marshall battle over the issues of the day. Vote for the winner below the column at the link below.
This week’s topic:
Has Idle No More been effective as a movement?
Let me start by saying that while I agree with one or two points in Kathryn’s column, she seems to have missed the boat by ignoring a few simple facts.
Kathryn begins her column by saying it’s time to talk about the “real issues” facing First Nations. She then goes on to state that Idle No More started out with some decipherable messages, but has now descended into a hodgepodge of mixed messages. In doing so, she skillfully deflects attention away from the clear reason four women in Saskatchewan co-founded the movement in the first place: Bill C-45, an onerous bit of legislation passed by the Harper government that not only impacts First Nations, but all Canadians.
That’s right, in case you’ve forgotten, Idle No More was started by four outraged women fed up with yet another Harper government omnibus bill that was, as usual, rammed through with little public consultation or input. It includes quite a bit of legislation, least of which is the scrapping of the Navigable Waters Act, reducing the number of lakes and rivers protected across Canada. (I can almost hear global resource and development companies, which often hate such protections, chanting: “Go Harper, go Harper!”)
Anyone who can research won’t be confused about why and how this movement started — it is as clear as the blue sky over Vancouver for the past week.
I suggest you take the time to see how Bill C-45 impacts all Canadians. This movement is not all about Theresa Spence. It was not started because of Attawapiskat. In fact, co-founder Sylvia McAdam has been distancing the movement from all of that because it is not the motive behind the movement.
Unclear are the messages being distributed by people who do not speak for this movement. Also unclear are the messages being delivered by many media outlets, who are clearly detracting from the government’s legislation and culpability in dealing with not only First Nations, but all Canadians in a secretive rather than democratic manner.
I can say with all certainty that if so many people are willing to spend so much time discrediting and deflecting the honest and valid origins of this movement, then yes, it has been effective. However, it is important to focus on the core reasons and founders behind this movement, and not every Tom, Dick and newspaper with an agenda.
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