Inciting a Peaceful Revolution in Canada
by sophiaroseglt on March 19, 2014 - 10:11pm
‘‘Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water’’
Theresa Spence is the chef of the Attawakispat tribe and she has ignited a movement called Idle No More to alert the dominant culture of the injustice that the government was imposing on the First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Theresa Spence decided to do a hunger strike to attract the attention of the government so they can discuss the injustice and find common grounds. Her protest was able to attract worldwide interest to awaken a revolution for better aboriginal rights. Unfortunately her hunger strike lasted from December 11, 2012 to January 24, 2013. This means that the government ignored her and left her to starve herself for 44 days. Her diet consisted of drinking only lemon water, medicinal teas, and fish broth to make sure she was under the maximum calorie intake for a hunger strike. At the end of the hunger strike, the many protests, and the pressure the international community was making on the government caused Steven Harper to finally call a meeting with the leader of the aboriginal communities, it is mentionable that he never referred to the hunger strike as an event and concealed its very existence.
Theresa Spence is the symbol of the Idle No More movement because she symbolises resilience and is a pillar due to all the involvement in its many events. Idle No More has quickly become one of the largest Indigenous mass movements in Canadian history because of the many Canadian allies that have joined the movement but also due to the many supporters across the world. Although Idle No More is mainly First Nations, Inuits, and Metis fighting for their rights it also invites all the nations to join in and help fulfil sovereignty for all Aboriginal communities across Canada.