Within the Aboriginal ways of knowing it is suggested that “land is the heart of Creation, a realm where humans are among a vast array of creatures” (Belanger, 2014, p. 7). In essence, the Aboriginal people have looked upon the earth as a source of resources that may be utilized but must be honored. This is further substantiated by Belanger when he states that “human beings began to measure their existence in terms of how well they ensured the land’s health and safety, as opposed to how well they acquired wealth and personal gain” (Belanger, 2014, p. 8). As a result of this deeply ingrained relationship between the Aboriginal person and Creation, it comes as no surprise to learn that the Aboriginal people of Canada have decided to revolt against what they consider to be an insult to both their ways of knowing and Creation; earth itself. Thus, on November 10, 2012 the Idle No Movement began ("Timeline," 2013). For the purpose of this paper, this student will discuss how the Idle No More movement began, what the movement entailed, and whether or not the message of Idle No More was heard.
What started out as correspondence regarding Bill C-45, between four women in Saskatchewan: Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam, and Nina Wilson; turned into what is known today as the Idle No More Movement (CBC News Canada, 2013). The purpose of the Idle No More movement was to illuminate the issues surrounding the passing of Bill C-45 and to help stop the erosion of the current treaties between the Aboriginal people and the Canadian government as well as the erosion of the rights of both the Aboriginal people and the rights of all Canadian people in general (CBC News Canada, 2013). Although the Idle No More movement originated in Saskatchewan, it attracted a large amount of attention through the use of mainstream media such as Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the use of flash mobs, and round dances throughout the country.
Bill C-45 is a legislative bill better known as the Second Omnibus Budget Bill. An omnibus bill is defined as a bill that “seeks to amend, repeal or enact several Acts, and it is characterized by the fact that it has a number of related but separate parts” (Parliament of Canada, 2014, p. 1) Within this bill the changes that brought the most concern to the Aboriginal people were the changes within the Indian Act, the Navigation Protection Act, and the Environment Assessment Act ("Legal Objectives," n.d.). Not only did these changes within this bill anger the Aboriginal people of Canada, the passing of this bill itself resulted in a resentment that was felt throughout all of the Aboriginal communities within Canada. The Aboriginal people of Canada felt that they were not consulted during the creation of the bill. Consequently, one could argue that the Aboriginal people of Canada were not consulted therefore, were miss-represented in both the creation and the passing of the legislative Bill C-45.
Previously, within the Indian Act,...