My View From Here

10 Feb

Referencing article: Why Idle No More Never Needed Your Sympathy – by Tobold Rollo

Perhaps movements, such as Idle No More, may not need the sympathy of the whole public to make change but not having support makes even small change almost impossible. Further, there needs to be a higher purpose from a community collective, not one of individualism. A community where horizontal relationships thrive and vertical relationships are strained. As public sympathy wanes or becomes acrimonious it does not mean that the movement is fading away. Rollo states that this is a Constitutional battle not a public relations battle. Although Rollo says that lack of public support will not stop the movement there is still plenty of community support for the “Idle No More” initiative.

The Idle No More movement does not hinge its success on the amount of public support as this is not a public issue. Recall the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King as a leader. He was disparaged and discredited during and after the movement ended, as is Chief Spence, but that did not stop either one for carrying out the goals of their people. Granted Spence did not initiate Idle No More, she did use it as a platform to gain notification for first nation’s communities’ aboriginal and treaty rights.

Similarly, during the 60’s civil right movement public popularity diminished over time and people were tired of hearing about it. Regardless of the lack of public support, historical changes were made to Civil Rights legislation.

The media uses statistics to prove that Idle No More is losing public interest. With that perspective in mind news on the movement are relegated to the back pages of the news. Perhaps from the media’s view, social change is not as important as the release of the new Blackberry which takes the front page. The media is connected to the political powers that be and as this story does not reflect favorably on the government, in turn it gets less press. However, technological and cultural change has given rise to the power of distribution shifting to users. First Nations are amongst the users and have utilized the tools and technology to their benefit to voice concerns and press for constitutional change. There is common interest and discussion still in the forefront for many activists and supporters. Using the same concept as Alexis DeTocqueville with the newspaper analogy; Idle No More has created a website and a blog which is building associations rapidly and diversely; in turn these associations are creating blogs and websites.





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