"Idle No More" is a worldwide indigenous movement started by the First Nation Tribes of Canada as a way to help protect the Constitutional Treaty Rights of the Indian Act. These rights are being threatened by the proposed C-45 Bill. The Bill will significantly decrease tribal leader and community control over decisions related to the land and water use on Indian Reserve lands, the tribal peoples of Canada will have little to no control over how corporations make use of untapped natural resources, specifically on indigenous territory protected under Sovereignty treaties.
Attawapiska Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike on Dec. 11, 2012. She is asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to attend a discussion regarding the Bill and treaty rights. Harper has yet to respond. Spence is willing to die for her people's rights.
The videos—produced by Brodie Stevens, AKA Redskin, Seattle-area artist, Tulalip tribal member and father—was directed by Dave Wilson, whose directed a number of videos for Brother Ali. Ali's "Letter To My Countrymen" is the song you hear in the second clip, which is produced by Seattle's Jake One—off of Ali's Rhymesayers album from last year, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Peace and love to the INM massive.