It's amazing how quickly a story can be eclipsed by developing news. Idle No More was shoved aside Thursday by two breaking stories; Friday's planned teachers strike and Brian Burke's sacking.
But Idle is the subject of my column today in the National Post so I thought I'd mention it here.
I don't know why it seems on-one can have a nuanced position on an issue anymore. I call out McGuinty for being such a hardass with teachers and suddenly I'm manning the picket lines with a bunch of Marxists. On the native file this all or nothing approach is pointless. Lacing into Theresa Spence and her incompetence as a community leader isn't going to make the native protests go away. And no amount of calling natives lazy and entitled makes our failure to fulfill contractual obligations seem any less binding.
My column is actually more about how young natives are organizing themselves and what to expect in the years to come. If anything, we should take significant comfort in the fact that this movement isn't called "Oppressed No More" it's called "Idle No More". There's a big difference.