"Idle No More" Brings Message to the Northland

By KBJR News 1

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A movement, birthed in Canada, is picking up speed worldwide. The grassroots movement "Idle No More" started by bringing awareness to issues affecting Canada's First Nation people.

Now some Northlanders are joining forces.

"We're not going to take it anymore. The resources, the way we are treated as two legged human beings.

Presentation all over the Northland are looking to give some awareness to the "Idle No More", movement which hopes to accomplish two tasks.

"The enforcement of these treaties and the upholding of these relationships between sovereign nations. Tribal sovereignty is very important," said Reyna Crow. "The second closely related issue with that is the protection of the water, the land, and the environment."

Through the use of the internet and social media the word is getting out world wide.

"This movement, Idle No More has awoken a lot of people to what's really going on out there," said Skip Sandman of Duluth.

The movement is reaching people from Los Angeles to New York.

"I don't want people to feel they're not welcome. We embrace allies and hope people will get involved."

The group even says people on foreign shores are starting to listen; progress in their eyes.

Northland members of "Idle No More" will be in International Falls tomorrow, standing in solidarity with the First Nation People of Canada.

They will be honoring Chief Teresa Spence of Canada, who has been on a hunger strike for what she says is a communication breakdown between the Canadian Government and the First Nation people.

Zach Vavricka

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