When INM first began, Elders were consulted and direction provided from them. Their message and direction has been of peaceful solidarity and unity. One of the most sacred of Indigenous laws is peaceful resistance when Elders and children are involved and this is what we must follow.
Idle No More is a peaceful organization that is working towards profound social, political, and economic change. Our goal is to use education to build consciousness and awareness in all Canadians on the resurgence of Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections. We are working on building relationships within our communities as well as across Canada and globally. We also call out to each community to organize teach-ins and peaceful demonstrations – we believe an educated public is the best form of action. Each community has different needs, and we support the various actions that are taking place across Turtle Island, however because of the many decades of colonialism, some community members are seeking stronger forms of action such as blockades. While we need to protect the land from further damage, we hope that this will be used as a last resort to protect Mother Earth, and not as a symbolic act. We are working hard to maintain INM as a positive movement that includes all cultures in a vision for justice for all people and for our earth.
Idle No More feels that any acts that are not in line with peace and solidarity only detract attention from our ultimate mission which is to assert our sovereignty and ensure protection to our Mother Earth and in essence our peoples health and wellbeing. We ask that you all keep in mind these factors when planning any acts of resurgence.
INM recognizes that the grassroots are the face of INM - we would like to state that any one individual does not speak for the collective in any of their acts or statements. Although we recognize that individuals will partake in their own acts, we support a collective grassroots voice that speaks to Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection. We welcome creative acts and encourage people to generate peaceful ways to build community and defend the earth.