Canada’s Indigenous Movement Gains Momentum

First Nations groups denied their rights, targeted by the government.

Inside Story, Al-Jazeera, January 2, 2013

Canada’s Idle No More movement began as a small social media campaign – armed with little more than a hashtag and a cause. But it has grown into a large indigenous movement, with protests and ceremonial gatherings held almost daily in many of the country’s major cities. The movement is spearheaded by Theresa Spence, the leader of the Attawapiskat, a small native band in northern Ontario. Spence is now 22 days into a hunger strike on Ottawa’s Victoria Island just across from the Canadian Parliament. Inside Story Americas, with presenter Kimberly Halkett, discusses with guests: Pamela Palmater, a lawyer and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, Toronto, and Clayton Thomas-Muller, an indigenous rights activist and tar sands campaign co-director at the Indigenous Environmental Network.

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