Idle No More begins #J11 march on Vancouver City Hall
Hundreds of people are marching in Vancouver as part of the Idle No More movement's #J11 day of action.
They have just left the Native Education College and are heading to a rally at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue), which will start around 1 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. or so.
Here's the list of speakers for the rally, as posted on Facebook:
Opening prayer from Musqueam and words from the three host nations.
Alexandra Perich: N.E.C chief/co-organizer
Steven Kakinoosit: Idle No More BC co-organizer
Tamara Starblanket: Indigenous Treaty Woman
Joyce Murray: MP Liberal Vancouver Quadra
Dr. Lee Brown: Director of UBC Institute of Aboriginal Health
Ta’Kaiya Blaney:Slliammon Nation 11 year old activist
Darla Goodwin: Indigenous Activistéspiritual advisor
Kat Norris: Indigenous Action Movement Spokeswoman
Brigette DePape: Activist. she held up the “stop harper” sign during the throne speech.
Khelsilem Rivers: Idle No More BC co-organizer
Paul Faoro: C.U.P.E General Vice-President
Verdann Evans: Student Activist.
Beverly Jacobs: Former-President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
Noel Abrahms: Haida drummer/singer.
Sino General: Mohawk speaker/singer
Harsha Walia: Immigrants Supporting Indigenous Rights
Idle No More protests are taking place today (January 11) in many cities across Canada and around the world. The indigenous-sovereignty movement is demanding the repeal of Bill C-45, the fulfillment of Canada's treaty obligations, and more.
Today's protests coincide with a controversial meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a small delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa. It's also the one-month anniversary of the fast of Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence, who, along with other First Nations leaders, has decided not to attend the meeting.
In downtown Vancouver, an Idle No More flash mob is slated to hit Robson and Burrard streets at 5:30 p.m.
(We'll have more coverage of #J11 on Straight.com later today.)