The women of Idle No More
Four women from Saskatchewan:
Nina Wilson, Nakota and Plains Cree from Kahkewistahaw
Sheelah Mclean, Canadian
Sylvia McAdam, Nehiyaw Nation
Jessica Gordon, Pasqua Treaty 4 Territory
They opposed changes to environmental laws proposed in the federal omnibus Bill-C-45 that was on the table in 2012 and began holding teach-ins.
They coined the term Idle No More on a Facebook page.
The hashtag #idlenomore was used by Tanya Kappo on Twitter for a conference she was organizing on Bill C-45.
What followed was a viral social media conversation and six months of peaceful actions across Canada.
The women of #IdleNoMore demonstrated how quickly Indigenous grassroots can organize and surprised mainstream media at the depth of passion over water protection shared by Indigenous peoples.