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Nelson area residents join in Idle No More day of action

A drumming circle kept spirits high and bodies warm at an Idle No More protest held Wednesday outside City Hall. Over 100 people gathered in support of the movement. - Kirsten Hildebrand photo
A drumming circle kept spirits high and bodies warm at an Idle No More protest held Wednesday outside City Hall. Over 100 people gathered in support of the movement.
— image credit: Kirsten Hildebrand photo

About 120 Idle No More supporters gathered outside City Hall Wednesday mirroring a ‘day of action’ occurring across the nation.

Sinixt spokesperson Marilyn James addressed the crowd in dramatic fashion paying tribute to the words Idle No More, a catch phrase that has really caught on.

James said there are people who’ve never been idle always working toward the betterment of the land and people while some stand by leaving matters in the hands of others.

She called out to those inspired to action by the movement – “become idle no more.”

Idle No More was started in late October and started garnering more attention as the Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike. The Aboriginal rights movement brings awareness to the resolution of land claims and giving aboriginal communities a fair share of resource development revenues.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and officials met with First Nations leaders last week to address these concerns yet the issue is far from resolved.

As the Aboriginal day of action takes place, thousands across the country demonstrated, disrupted traffic and proved the Idle No More movement is still gaining momentum.

 

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