January 05, 2013

Artists support Idle No More

Idle No More, the SongWith the Idle No More movement continuing to gain momentum, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would see the need for a rallying cry you can dance to.

Aboriginal hip hop artist and comedian Ricky Ogima has created the "Idle No More Song," and it's a catchy ditty that combines imagery from the protests with Ogima's own summary of the message, in which he name-checks Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence:

Some are waiting for the world to end
We come alive with a message to send
One Heartbeat across the land
Moving together to make a stand
Have you heard about Theresa Spence?
Some people think she got no sense
Sacrificing life for the people's cause
All because Government broke our laws
Derek Miller Organizes Benefit and Releases Song in Support of Theresa SpenceBluesman Derek Miller has put together a benefit concert supporting Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a hunger strike for three weeks and has inspired a peaceful indigenous uprising under the banner of Idle No More.

The benefit is to take place Saturday night (January 5) at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa. Also on the bill are Digging Roots, Melody McKiver, Jasper, and comedian Don Kelly. Comedian and podcaster Ryan McMahon, who has been an enthusiastic advocate for Idle No More on Twitter (@rmcomedy) and elsewhere, was initially slated to appear, but due to transportation issues will not be able to make the trip to Ottawa.
Idle No More in Seattle, a DocumentaryA group of filmmakers has created a short documentary about an Idle No More rally that took place on December 29.

The clip was directed by Dave Wilson, a music-video director who has worked with Brother Ali, Frank Ocean, Atmosphere, Yelawolf, and Evidence. It was produced by Tulalip tribal member and musician Brodie Stevens, aka "Redskin," who also provided music for the film, from footage shot by Ben Hampton. ICTMN contributor and Thing About Skins ringleader Gyasi Ross provides narration, and elder Ramona Bennett gives a moving speech.
Chief Spence has the support of Canadian Saulteaux actor Adam BeachCanadian Saulteaux actor Adam Beach took to time to talk about the Idle No More movement while promoting the second season of Arctic Air that airs on APTN.

“I feel Idle No More is a change of consciousness within all of us, especially for Native people, to stand up for ourselves, not play the victim,” said Beach.

He’s reached out to Chief Theresa Spence multiple times and visited her over the holidays. He said he sympathizes with Spence who has been on liquid only hunger strike since Dec. 11.

“My friends are taking care of her and they’re letting me know how she’s feeling,” he said. “I visited her at Christmas to bring that Christmas cheer and peace and harmony in the world we live in. I wanted her to know that someone, like myself, is watching and cares and I want to help in any way.”

For more on Idle No More, see Harper to Meet with Chiefs and Arguments Against Idle No More.

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