This month our guest is Maskwasis Boysis of Idle No More Calgary. Idle No More started in November 2012, among Treaty People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta protesting the Canadian government’s dismantling of environmental protection laws, endangering First Nations who live on the land. Born out of face-to-face organizing and popular education, but fluent in social media and new technologies, Idle No More has connected the most remote reserves to each other, to urbanized Indigenous people, and to the non-Indigenous population.
Led by women, and with a call for refounded nation-to-nation relations based on mutual respect, Idle No More rapidly grew into an inclusive, continent-wide network of urban and rural Indigenous working hand in hand with non-Indigenous allies to build a movement for Indigenous rights and the protection of land, water, and sky.
Boysis is also the co-founder of the Bear Clan Patrol in Calgary, which responds to our community's need to protect the Womxn, children, elderly and vulnerable community members. They Proudly Serve Mohkinstsis and Treaty 7 Communities.
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