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UPDATE: ‘Idle? Know More’ forum in Vancouver on Indigenous resistance

Photo by Harsha Walia

Photo by Harsha Walia

As noted in the Georgia Straight, “The free ‘Idle? Know More!’ panel will feature Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade spokesperson Arthur Manuel, UBC professor Glen Coulthard, and Idle No More organizers Darla Goodwin, Jerilynn Webster, Khelsilem Rivers, and Cease Wyss as speakers. It’ll begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Alice MacKay Room at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch (on Coast Salish territory).”

The Council of Canadians made a contribution to support this event, and organizer Harjap Grewal and campaigner Maryam Adrangi attended the gathering.

A full-house of about 400 people were at the Vancouver Public Library last night – along with another 600 or so watching by Livestream – for the ‘Idle? Know More’ public forum. The event sought to broaden understanding of “the long history of racism and colonialism in Canada against Indigenous people that has given rise to the current Idle No More movement, to highlight and lift the voices of Indigenous peoples resisting across these lands, and to think through how to be more informed and responsible allies.”