“Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water”. The vision of INM is to continue to help build sovereignty and resurgence of nationhood, to pressure government and industry to protect the environment and to build alliances in order to reframe the nation-to-nation relationship, by including grassroots perspectives, issues, and concerns.
As Lynn Gehl, who has participated in some Idle No more (INM) actions says, “Indigenous people in Canada have been resisting colonization for a very long time. It is really important that I point out, that indigenous resistance predates this concept (1). Idle No More, though, is a new name to describe what we have been doing. It is great that we have this new construct as it is invigorating new life and giving us new energy in directing our agency forward.”
Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson gave birth to the term in the western Canadian province, Saskatchewan, as they discussed the impact that some State policies, advocated by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, could have on the country’s First Nations.