#IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada, paper ed


Idle No More bewildered many Canadians. Launched by four women in Saskatchewan (Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson) in reaction to a federal omnibus budget bill, the protest became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history. Thousands of Aboriginal people and their supporters took to the streets, shopping malls, and other venues, drumming, dancing, and singing in a collective voice. It was a protest against generations of injustice, a rallying cry for cultural survival, and a reassertion of First Nation identity.

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