Days of Protest
Young Activists Come Together
From: Unsettling Canada
Days of Protest explores the Idle No More movement in Canada. This chapter discusses the new grassroots spirit of activism of Idle No More, the Defenders of the Land, and the January 2013 Day of Action. To avoid the worst, the author says that Canadian allies—including church, union, community, and environmental groups— need to help to educate the Canadian population about Indigenous rights and about Canada’s colonial position toward Indigenous peoples.
Arthur Manuel fought for decades for Indigenous land and human rights in Canada and internationally. He participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from its inception in 2002 and served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) from 2003 to 2016. Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel was a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.