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Idle No More: Round Dance for the Mother Earth

Published on February 4, 2013 by in Home

 

BY JACK EIDT
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Idle No More has awakened indigenous voices from all over North America, blockading highways and border crossings, flash-mobbing in shopping malls, facing arrest and imprisonment. At issue are sovereignty and treaty rights, dancing and demonstrating for Mother Earth: for the protection of the air, the water, and the land, motivating native peoples out of their idleness and into the streets.

Idle No More Round Dance FlashMob at the Grove in Los Angeles in January 2013. Photo By Jessica Aldridge.

 

Over the last months, Idle No More has awakened indigenous voices from all over North America, staging non-violent direct action protests and flash-mobs, enlightening the shopping masses while facing arrest and imprisonment. Hundreds of years of oppression and prejudice, coupled with capitalist and governmental overreach, has shocked native peoples out of their idleness and into the streets.

Awakened and active, many have focused their energy on fighting the most environmentally destructive industrial project on the planet, the Athabascan Tar Sands of Alberta. With associated pipeline proposals, the Enbridge Northern Gateway and expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain through British Columbia and theTransCanada Keystone XL, to cross the heartland of the US, tar sands mining would dig a hole the size of Florida in the Boreal Forest, with carbon burned off at almost three times the contamination of Saudi crude. The following video is from a gathering of indigenous to speak out against this ongoing environmental and social atrocity.

 

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