Hashtag Activism: This website has evolved quite a bit since it was acquired during the early days of the Idle No More movement. #Idlenomore started by 4 women in western Canada and spawned solidarity movements from coast-to-coast and around the globe. IDLE NO MORE has been an awakening for many many people, First Nation people across the country have chosen not to sit by and watch themselves get taken advantage of by the government of the day. Many issues that surround our communities revolve around the lack of consultation with regard to development and/or extraction… These have lead to attacks by the RCMP and peaceful protests in places like #Elsipogtog in New Brunswick as well as other sovereign territories.
Since roughly 2010, possibly even earlier, the Federal government of Canada, passed or introduced over a dozen legislative bills, intended to become law, that directly affected First Nations people and/or communities rights, lands and territories, education, marital status’, property ownership, etc.. ALL without proper consultation or even inclusion at all.
How many people have to die in order for the police to care about a community, a person? #Attawapiskat has been at the forefront of many First Nation’s issues over the last several years, Everything from inadequate housing, flooding/evacuation, Suicide, soil contamination, lack of resources and funding for a functioning school and traditional teachings, etc.. and so on and on.
#BLM – Black Lives Matter, (not that others don’t) – but when you’re people are getting locked up and shot to death for wearing a hood and carrying skittles in your hand, things like this become absolutely necessary. #Baltimore, Freddy Gray #Ferguson, Micheal Brown and the list goes on and on and continues to grow in the US as well as Canada. Police officers, however, continue to be to let off the hook.
#BatonRouge #Dallas #Minnesota – As the hashtag list continues to grow, and the names and the cities/places added Police are more on edge than ever before, even with all their body armour they see people standing up for their rights, like Iesha Evans as a threat in a sun dress.
Living in Third World conditions in a First World Environment, and then on top of that, being in the High Arctic or an inaccessible community during winter makes things pretty extreme. Winter time in the Arctic is darkness and can bring forms of depression, be it seasonal or permanent, it can be tough. It’s not all about the weather though either, with 1 or 2 companies in control of the food supply as well as the shipping of that food supply, and the funding for those Crown Corporations coming from the same department that fund everything else Aboriginal, the Chain of Command for the Artic food Supply and demand has made food a luxury for many people. Facebook groups like Helping our Northern Neighbors have taken action into their own hands by collecting and shipping donated food and supplies to families in the Northen Territories.
More to come…