First Nations activist movement grows – Regina Leader-Post

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First Nations activist movement grows – Regina Leader-Post

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012565 Views

DECEMBER 17, 2012

First Nations activists are gearing up for a week of rallies as part of a growing grassroots movement known as Idle No More, which has drawn together communities across the country thanks to a powerful presence online.

The campaign was started by four women from Saskatchewan who are against a number of bills before Parliament. They are particularly critical of Bill C-45, the government’s omnibus budget legislation, which they say weakens environmental laws.

“We started discussing that and felt that we need to bring attention to this legislation,” said Jessica Gordon, who lives in Saskatoon.

Supporters say they are upset about the effects of the Harper government’s policies on aboriginal communities. They want First Nations to be recognized as sovereign stakeholders in decisions affecting the country’s land and resources.

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