THUNDER BAY – “This government is going to be taken to task,” states Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahabee from the Anishinabek Nation. The message from Ottawa where the Prime Minister is to meet with Aboriginal leaders at 1PM today is one that remains uncertain as to exactly who will, or will not attend.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo has called for unity across the nation for Aboriginal leadership. “Our patience has run out”, stated the National Chief.
“The young people are leading the way,” continued the National Chief. “They think they can break our spirit, our spirit is not broken and we stand here today”.
“We would not be standing here if not for Idle No More,” continued Atleo.
[sws_pullquote_right] This is a different moment. Our ancestors told us this moment was coming – AFN National Chief Atleo [/sws_pullquote_right]
Idle No More is rallying across the country. In Thunder Bay at 1PM there is a Round Dance scheduled for Confederation College. There is also discussion about the rally moving to the steps of City Hall in Thunder Bay.
Idle No More is also asking supporters to make today a day of no spending, to send a message about the economic impact that Aboriginal people make in Canada. In the North, in many communities Band Councils have sought that the Northern Store in their community close for the day.
There will be extended coverage today from Ottawa, Thunder Bay and across the region on NetNewsledger.com.