Idle No More’s birthday

After those inspiring talks at the conference last week, I tweeted that I couldn’t believe that it had been a year since INM had transformed my sense of my own relationship with Canada, indigenous peoples, and the land I have settled on, migrated to. You may have seen this invitation from Idle No More asking all of us to celebrate its birthday on November 10th at a webinar with Winona LaDuke, well-known for her work on land recovery and for her organization Honor the Earth, now in its 20th year.  CBC also recently featured a new website, Indigenous Nationhood Movement, which builds on the work of Idle No More. The blog, resources and media sections are very engaging. You will find there the wonderful work of Leanne Simpson who writes about Anishinaabe concepts of language, nationhood, land and family with the phrase “an ecology of intimacy”:

Kina Gchi Nishnaabeg-ogamig is an ecology of intimacy.

It is an ecology of relationships in the absence of coercion, hierarchy or authoritarian power.

Kina Gchi Nishnaabeg-ogamig is connectivity based on the sanctity of the land, the love we have for our families, our language, our way of life.  It is relationships based on deep reciprocity, respect, non-interference, self-determination and freedom. . . .

(Leanne Simpson, “I Am Not a Nation-State”)