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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

At Seattle Idle No More Event, A Mix of Ceremony and Protest At Seattle Idle No More Event, A Mix of Ceremony and Protest
by Kristin Hugo
Saturday’s Idle No More event showed that a beach can be the perfect place for a protest when a movement is drawing attention to the relationship between people and water.
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein speaks with writer, spoken-word artist, and indigenous academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about “extractivism,” why it’s important to talk about memories of the land, and what’s next for Idle No More.
From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenui
Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder
When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor
by Maude Barlow
A letter to Canada’s Governor General explains why Maude Barlow–together with Idle No More–are speaking out against the country’s new environmental rules.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up” Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up”
Video: She’s only 11 years old, but she’s already been working for environmental justice for a few years now. Here, she addresses the crowd at an Idle No More event in British Columbia.
Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More  Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More
by Kristin Moe
Motivated by ancient traditions of female leadership as well as their need for improved legal rights, First Nations women are stepping to the forefront of the Idle No More movement.
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side “Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarco
Speakers at an Idle No More event in Seattle drew comparisons between spiritual and political struggles, making the movement seem closer to Civil Rights than Occupy.
Welcome to Blockadia! Welcome to Blockadia!
by Melanie Jae Martin, Jesse Fruhwirth
The corporate push to construct tar-sands pipelines is transforming the environmental movement across North America by increasing the involvement of local residents and normalizing the use of direct action.
 In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds
by Mike Emiliani
Unitierra has no classrooms, no teachers, and no formal curriculum. Yet the school has successfully helped local people learn practical skills for years.
Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben on the tradition of environmental activism he’s seen among members of First Nations, and the unique role of the Idle No More movement in the fight against climate change.
Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water
by Winona LaDuke
In an urgent pursuit for environmental justice and basic human rights, First Nations gather across North America under the banner of Idle No More.
Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?
A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights
by YES! Online Staff
Hundreds of supporters of the Idle No More movement performed a Round Dance flash mob, one of many similar actions around the world to fight for indigenous land rights.
Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence
Emmonak is a Yup'ik Eskimo town on the western coast of Alaska where families are struggling to maintain the subsistence lifestyle of their ancestors.
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