As the Idle No More movement grows in numbers and in strength, it must keep in mind the true meaning behind their protests.
Sylvia McAdam is one of the four co-founders of the now-international movement. She is a professor at the First Nations University of Canada.
As CTV News reports, McAdam “supports Spence, not blockades.” She is not in favour of the current blocking of rail lines, highways, nor bridges, that has been popular among Idle No More supporters.
“Right now the vision of Idle No More is that we’re peaceful and we’re working within the means of the legal boundaries,” she also added her thoughts on Theresa Spence, stating, “We allow people to express their resistance in creative ways, so we try to not limit that.”
-Sylvia McAdam, via CTV News
McAdam also spoke about the Assembly of First Nations, “It doesn’t begin to address the issue that Idle No More is attempting to stop and that’s the legislation that’s going through Parliament, [...] All I can say is no political organization can speak on behalf of Idle No More. [...] We speak on different topics. We speak about removing the legislation that’s going through parliament and we also speak on behalf of indigenous sovereignty, protection of land and water,”