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Idle No More
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan January 11, 2013

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Flash mob round dance

On January 11, 2013 members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan participated in a world wide demonstration of solidarity with all Indian Nations against the passage of Canadian Bill C-45

Solidarity: refers to the ties in a society that bind people to one another

"Flash Mob Round Dances show support of solidarity to Canada's First Nations Chief" -Theresa Spence

Chief Spence was on a hunger strike to force a meeting with Canadian's Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The meeting is to address aboriginal treaty rights, environmental and economic development. Her hunger strike lasted 44 days and gained world wide attention.

The recent passage of Canadian Bill C-45 violates the Indian Act. Native leaders want to address the violation of Canada's First Nations Treaty & Human Rights. The Indian Act protects First Nations sovereignty over natural resources within land protected territories. Bill C-45 allows the issuance of mining leases to privately held companies.

The Indian Act can no longer protect reserved lands.

The bill was disguised as a Canadian Jobs Act. It made people believe that millions of jobs would be created in economic hard times. First Nation Tribes are asking for support from United States Federally Recognized Tribes. Resolutions are created to make a formal statement.

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe unanimously passed Resolution No. 13-043

WHEREAS: The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan supports the Canadian First Nations and their people from opposing damaging legislation and to successfully advocate for their sovereign rights.

Photos from the event

Brought to you by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Public Relations Department.
Photos by Marcella Hadden, Niibing Giizis Studio