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Canada's First Nations: Expect resistance

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Idle No More may well act as a catalyst and ignite a broader struggle against Harper's agenda, his hollowing out of environmental protection laws and Canada's declining record on human rights. Perhaps Harper's grudging agreement to meet with native leaders 11 January is too late for him. Starving a native women leader at the heart Canada's democracy, at Christmas no less, is not conducive to good PR for a leader whose hold on power is shaky. Spence agreed to attend but refused to end the hunger strike she began 11 December until she is convinced this isn't just another PR stunt. She insisted that Governor Geneneral David Johnston and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty be at the meeting.

Canada is at last redeeming itself in the world's eyes after seven humiliating years of kowtowing to the US-Israeli agenda both abroad and at home, and we have the First Nations people to thank, their resolve "a conduit for the pain of the world", comments Naomi Klein. Idle No More speaks for all Canadians against the 1% who so eagerly sell out Canada's resources and smirch its reputation in the world. "The greatest blessing of all is indigenous sovereignty itself. If Canadians have a chance of stopping Harper's planet-trashing plans, it will be because these legally binding rights -- backed up by mass movements, court challenges, and direct action will stand in his way."

Not only do Canada's natives empower all Canadians against the 1%, they also help us understand Canada's actions in Palestine and Iran, countries whose people love Canada and root for our natives, whose struggle against the imperial order is their struggle too. Victory against Canada's Mubarak helps Egyptians shake off the legacy of neoliberalism, helps Palestinians in their struggle against Jewish colons in Israel, and Iranians dying in hospitals for lack of medicines due to the embargo intended to crush their independence.
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Eric writes for Al-Ahram Weekly and PressTV. He specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs. His "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games" and "From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization" are available at (more...)

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I don't pretend that the ordinary Indians have bee... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 8:06:30 PM
Annett helped expose the residential schools scand... by Eric Walberg on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:01:58 PM
There are lots of terribly poor native Canadians. ... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:15:26 PM
One thing I've noted in my life about the bureacra... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 3:26:10 PM
so you both agree that the natives should just be ... by Eric Walberg on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:53:30 PM
But you should do a little more research into Spen... by Adam Smith on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:19:55 PM