SCOTSBURN – TheFriends of Redtail Society will welcome Idle No More co-ordinators Molly Peters and Shelley Young as the guest speakers at its Annual General Meeting, this Saturday, 1 p.m.
In a presentation called “Idle No More: Voices for the Earth,” Peters and Young will share stories from inside this inspiring indigenous-led social movement for Earth democracy and treaty rights. The two are co-ordinators for eastern Canada.
“Idle No More is important as a movement, because of the land relationship it speaks of, something Friends of Redtail has been working to encourage since its inception,” says board member and organizer Michelle Ferris. “First Nations people regard the land as the primary connection to their ancestors and cultural teachings. In that there is much for us to learn from.”
Idle No More was sparked in 2012 as First Nations people claimed the government hadn’t consulted them on legislation that directly impacts them. The movement grew into a national call to action to stand against what First Nations describe as present-day colonialism. In the process it has become a platform for a cultural resurgence of First Nations people and call for action on environmental issues.
The presentation will speak about Idle No More’s genesis, the issues it is bringing forward, and the special qualities of the movement – as a female- and youth-fuelled initiative. There will be special emphasis on fracking, an update on where the movement stands today, and how it is relevant to everyone.
“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Peace and Friendship Treaties and how to be better allies for First Nations people and for the Earth,” said Ferris
The keynote address will begin at 2 p.m. The Society’s AGM begins at 1 p.m. The storm date for the AGM is March 23, same time. The event is taking place at the Gammon Centre, 4136 Scotsburn Rd., Scotsburn (beside the Post Office). For more information please visit: www.friendsofredtail.ca.