Divided No More

On the Idle No More facebook page, a woman holds a handwritten sign that says “I am a setter and an ally.” I am that. Its good to see more and more kindred spirits who recognize that the First Nations are the last hope to save our planet from destruction. The reason is that the First Nations in North America have legally binding treaties based on their sovereign rights that no invasive colonial power can overturn. For this I am profoundly grateful, because the democratic rights of Canadians and Americans have been eroded beyond recognition by people too busy, too distracted to notice what they have lost.

However, it saddens me to see so many people so fractured, so divided into millions of powerless little groups that they cannot recognize that we will all die – and by ‘all’ I mean our childrens’ children – if we don’t join and work together to save the earth. I’m tired of all the negative “isms” that divide us based on race, gender and even species. We all breathe the same air and we all need clean water. We need to collectively recognize that we are all equal in our basic needs as living beings. Humanitarianism is a better label than most, but in order to describe a club big enough to include all living beings and exclude none, I prefer the term Terrestrialism.

This task is the most important one we face as a species. There are many steps along the path to a better world, but no matter how small our first steps are, we must begin now, and we must walk this path together.

Helpful Links:

https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/sierraclubcanada/2013/10/elsipogtog-punished-taking-stand-on-environmental-rights

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About Connect ALL the Dots

SJW trying to save the biosphere from greedy billionaires hiding behind opaque, unaccountable, undemocratic transnational corporations.

Posted on October 23, 2013, in Terrestrialism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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    • It wasn’t until after I had posted this piece that I began to learn about a certain prickly tendency within the Idle No More movement, resulting from the influx of ‘settler allies’ to their space. Given the history of colonialism, their fears were legitimate. Also, there should be some legitimate concern on the part of the indigenous peoples that opponents would likely try to infiltrate and undermine their organizations. I recall that when a white supremacist group was busted for trying to buy weapons to invade and conquer a small carribean island, it turned out that the majority of their membership were undercover cops and investigative journalists. However, despite these risks, I still hope that more and more people will feel welcome at peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with the first nations people.

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