THUNDER BAY – Today is a day of action for First Nations and Aboriginal People across Canada, and increasingly around the world. Idle No More is planning two events in Thunder Bay, there are planned teach-in events running across Canada.
There is a highway walk in the Nipigon Red Rock area as well as a rally at Highway 11/17 and Red River Road in Thunder Bay this afternoon.
Rally organizers are planning for peaceful events.
Here is the Agenda for today’s event in Thunder Bay:
Unity Rally – Supporting Our Treaties, the Environment
MCs: Terri Trudeau, Joyce Hunter December 21, 2012
12:00 pm Welcoming Remarks
Cf Peter Collins (TBC)
12:05 Message from the Grass roots
Robert Animki Horton
12:10 History & Treaty Rights
12:20 The Bills (overview of each & impacts of those) Tausha Esquega
12:30 Hunger Strikers (who, what they’re trying to accomplish)
12:35 (stop for prayer here)
12:37 The Idle No More Movement
- Other communities holding rallies
- FN allies/supporters
a) Marvi Papeesa, Communications, Energy & Paper Workers
b) Kari Jefford, Canadian Autoworkers Union
c) Sister Anita Patience Vail, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
info – how people can support (write letters to MPs, etc)
1:02 Closing Prayer
In Thunder Bay on Thursday there was a ‘Flash Mob’ event at Intercity Mall. In North Bay and event at the local shopping mall led to mall security stepping in at one point in what participants state was a peaceful and from the video footage, a fun family event.
The Idle No More groups have promised peaceful protests, but are not always being treated with that same
There remains no movement from the Prime Minister or Governor General in response to requests for a meeting with Chief Theresa Spence who remains on a hunger strike in Ottawa on Victoria Island hear the House of Commons. That lack of action has led to Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy sending an urgent appeal to Queen Elizabeth to intervene on Constitutional grounds.
The rapid growth of the Idle No More movement is another demonstration of how fast Social Media in Canada, and around the world is reaching the country.
Coverage on NetNewsledger will range from Ottawa to Northwestern Ontario today.
Shy-Anne shares, “We are meeting with the Red Rock First Nations today and members Flying Post First Nations to do a peaceful walk. We will be doing peaceful ceremonies as well.. all are welcome to join us.. this is about the land, the children, the children’s children.. this is not just about our Treaty rights.. its about a right to a safe, clean environment.. ALL are welcome to join”.
“Today, We are sounding the drums.. lighting our Peace Pipes, and peacefully letting the government know that we are here to protect the Earth and our rights. IDLE NO MORE! We are in the 8th Fire prophecy right now. I did a song on it 4 years ago. The new beginning is here, the youth are standing up … “Fire”.