Well they had a big protest today and while it looked peaceful and fine when I walked by judging from what the CBC reported they were trying to block off the building there the meeting with the PM was going to happen and demanding that the AFN leaders refuse to take part. So you have all these problems you want to address, several that do indeed need to be looked at, and then you refuse to talk about it? All because of wanting the symbolism of having the GG there? Talking about cutting off your nose to spite your face. They also wanted Harper to come out and address the crowd. Somewhat doubt they'd listen to him if he did.
At the same time a band in Nova Scotia decided to block railways, forcing VIA to bus passangers around them. Ok I fully support the right to protest but block off railways? No. Fairly certain that's illegal. Plus it only harms your cause by making the public angry with you instead of taking an honest look at the issues you're trying to bring forward.
I really want to support the Idle No More group and I believe they have serious concerns that should be addressed, but their actions are making that really hard to do.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse...A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
The reserves are still Canadian territory and are subject to Canadian laws. They just have special laws and government options as outlined in the treaties. So unless the news crew was breaking any laws they should have had the right to be on the reserve just like anyone else.
Section 30 of the Indian Act allows for trespassing charges for any non-band member they feel like.
The worst thing about the current system is the unnecessary neglect and abuse of children, and dogs.
There must be a way to stop people from constantly importing dogs and then neglecting them so that they die naturally (other dogs, starvation, freezing) or form dangerous packs that then have to be culled, every year.
It's not just Attawapiskat, it happens on most reserves in North America.