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Contemporary Resistance


Information about the Idle No More Movement is available on the University of Toronto Libraries research guide, Idle No More/Indigenous Movements.


Native Blockades Snarl Traffic Across Ontario

National Post

Josephine Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 km to raise consciousness of Great Lakes pollution

The London Free Press, By Jennifer O'Brien, April 5, 2014

There Is An Election On, Isn't It Time We Talked? 

By Shawn Atleo, CBCNews, April 13, 2011.

Outlines FN priorities, gives important stats on water, education, in light of recent election. (Intermediate|Senior)

Washkaybaowuk: The Helpers

An article on Chief Theresa Spence's helpers on Victoria Island in Ottawa during her sacred fast.

Miigwetch Chief Spence

An open letter from Wab Kinew to Chief Theresa Spence on the final day of her hunger strike.

Film & Video

Josephine Mandamin recounts walk around Great Lakes

Youtube, June 9, 2008, 5 min 3 sec

Josephine Mandamin from Manitoulin, who walked around the Great Lakes talks about the importance of water.




Red Power United- National Day of Action

YouTube (6:22 min).

Images of the large and peaceful protests on the Native Action day, the day before G20 protests started. Toronto, Ontario.

Oka Crisis - CBC Report

YouTube (3:11 mins).

A CBC segment about the Oka crisis features assertions by Mohawk women as well as a standoff between a Mohawk man and a soldier.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance 

National Film Board of Canada, 1993.

From the NFB website: "On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades." (119 min)

Scenes of violence, view discretion is advised. (Senior).

Idle No More Video Conference with Wab Kinew

This video livestream was recorded with Wab Kinew for students in 46 First Nations communites.

Idle No More: The Voice of a Movement

From the Youtube description: "Shot by Michael Anderson, a non-indigenous law student, this short documentary is aimed to inform Canadians of the major pillars of the Idle No More movement. 'The Voice of a Movement' is meant to be one voice among the movement's many."

Idle No More, La Loche

A short film about aboriginal youth identities and stereotypes.
From the Youtube description: "This is a response to the many racist, ignorant and degrading comments being seen on news sites (comments sections) and various social networking platforms. Help us spread our message by sharing, tweeting or posting this link within your own social networks or when you see hurtful comments online. Together we can begin to make a difference!"

Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands

From the description: "Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi'kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet'suwet'en land defenders."

Idle No More (documentary)

Youtube, April 19, 2013

Kids Talk: Cultural Exchange 

From the video: "Peaceful Nation is a project designed to give kids a unique cultural experience. The kids spend a week in Monument Valley on the Indian reservation learning about the culture of the Navajo Indiants. The main goal is to teach the kids to embrace and accept their differences." 

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