Canadians from coast to coast have donned their battle toques, grabbed their drumsticks and taken to the streets to stand beside their First Nations brethren in what is becoming a sweeping social movement that has started a fire in the hearts (and under the butts) of this normally passive and easygoing nation.
As the populace of Canada has slowly begun to awaken in horror to the bizarre, irresponsible and dangerous policies of creepily narcissistic Prime Minister Stephen Harper, most Canadians looked askance to each other in terms of how to fight this avalanche of bad news.
From omnibus bills of gargantuan length and size aimed at sweeping in massive, undisputed reforms that serve only the greed of oil companies, to the dismantling of Canada's once internationally acclaimed scientific outposts and firing of its world-class scientists, the people of Canada have stood and watched with their mouths literally hanging open in shock for long enough.
Led by the First Nations peoples of Canada, who began in December 2012 when their Chieftans went a-knock-knock-knocking on the doors of Parliament, only to be turned away at the door by an ingratiating, hand-rubbing, snake oil-salesman-grinning Minister of the Environment Joe Oliver, whose forked tongue practically darted out and quivered as he stated that the treaties were being honored, the movement became a multiheaded hydra that grew in every direction at once.
Idle No More was started by four First Nations activists Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon in November 2012 in response to the Harper government's introduction of Bill C-45, and the protests spread as fast as a summer grass fire on a windy day as indigenous people, activists and environmentalists jumped into the round dances that were being held everywhere from shopping malls to border crossings.
Almost simultaneously, Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat Tribe began a hunger strike in order to bring attention to her people's plight, which had once again fallen victim to the molasses-slow Canadian bureaucratic morass....