I had many things to do this Wednesday, so I wasn’t able to make it to the beginning of the Idle No More peaceful protest that carried a large crowd along Lansdowne Street to Dean Deal Mastro, our local MP’s office.
I arrived in time, however, to see Mr. Del Mastro, surrounded by protesters, looking overwhelmed and cold.
The spirit of the event was to raise awareness for the ongoing struggles of many of the indigenous communities across Canada and grievances with his recent Bills (C-38 and C-45) which erode environmental protection laws and make it easier for public land to be used by resource hungry businesses, among other things. Also because these Bills were introduced without consultation with the indigenous communities they will most affect.
Many are in response to and support for Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat, who is on a controversial hunger strike with the intention of getting Stephen Harper to sit down with First Nations leaders to discuss the state of the relationship between First Nations and the rest of Canada.
I love this land that I live on. And I love the water that runs through it.
I can’t believe we have all lived here together for so long and refuse to find a way to take proper care of the land, the water and each other.