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Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 07, 2013
- 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
by Maude Barlowposted Jan 28, 2013
- 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”
posted Jan 18, 2013
- 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
by Kristin Moeposted Jan 18, 2013
- 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
by James Trimarcoposted Jan 14, 2013
- 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!
by Melanie Jae Martin, Jesse Fruhwirthposted Jan 11, 2013
- 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
by Mike Emilianiposted Jan 11, 2013
- 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
by Bill McKibbenposted Jan 10, 2013
- 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
by Winona LaDukeposted Jan 09, 2013
- 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
by Kristin Moeposted Jan 09, 2013
- 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
by YES! Online Staffposted Jan 04, 2013
- 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
posted Dec 29, 2012
- 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.
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 12, 2012
- This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willowposted Dec 03, 2012
- On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelderposted Nov 19, 2012
- It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.