Idle No More takes to Toronto streets
Today was a national day of action for the Idle No More More movement.
In Toronto, there was a protest outside the British Consulate at Bay & College, which at its peak included about 300 demonstrators. By the time the group marched to Yonge & Dundas, their ranks had shrunk to about 100.
A drum circle & round dance blocked the intersection to traffic for about 5 minutes before the demonstration moved into the public square.
The movement has been gaining steam in recent weeks, but does the average Torontonian understand what Idle No More is all about?
Newstalk 1010 reporter Siobhan Morris found most of those on the sidelines at Yonge & Dundas had never heard of the Idle No More more movement. Those who had, had only a passing understanding of what Idle No More stands for & is trying to accomplish.
Even those who have been tracking the growth of Idle No More admit to being a little fuzzy on details.
Andrew likens Idle No More to the Occupy movement, with their vague names & less than crystal clear messaging. Signs carried by Idle No More demonstrators were emblazoned with messages about protecting Mother Earth, fighting for human & indigenous rights, while blaming the Prime Minister for suicide & even accusing him of genocide.
Andrew says the protest may not have done a good job of showing how those issues are linked.