The Idle No More Movement continues to make its presence known locally with another appearance, this time at Opry Mills mall Sunday evening at five o'clock. A large contingent of the middle Tennessee American Indian community and their supporters spontaneously gathered at the performance stage to briefly drum, sing, and round dance. As usual the event occurred without incident, true to the Movement's non violent roots.
These events are a continuing statement of unity and support for the INM Movement. Born in Canada to protest several of Prime Minister Harper's proposed actions, it also represents a clear demarcation meant to protect the ecosystem of that country, the hemisphere, and indeed the entire planet.
The situation in Canada continues to develop, albeit murkily as several First Nations chiefs met with Prime Minister Harper this past week, with some being chastised for doing so and others abstaining from the meeting to express support for Idle No More. Meanwhile chief Spence of Attawapiskat has vowed to continue her hunger strike. Several community leaders and chiefs in Canada have committed to taking the non violent Movement to critical areas of commerce in order to interrupt business on road, rail, and port.
Despite what some would call racist backlash by media in Canada combined with a complete disregard by American media outlets, social media is clearly fueling world wide growth of this effort. Events in support of INM have been recorded throughout North, Central, and South America, in Ireland, England, across Europe, in New Zealand, Australia, and even Morocco. Sooner or later one can only suppose the corporate media pack will eventually come to terms with what could very well be a unifying people's Movement, possibly encompassing the Occupy, Anonymous, and even the Arab Spring Movements.
Accordingly, several First Nations and American Indian leaders have expressed that this is not just an Indigenous struggle. Rather, it is a comprehensive expression of concern for social justice, equality, and the desire to be more environmentally responsible. Elected leaders and multi-national corporations ignore this world wide Movement at their own peril.