Published Jan 09, 2013The ongoing Idle No More campaign has caused a major stir throughout the country, as Canadians from coast-to-coast have protested what the cause dubs "attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water." The movement can now count some notable Canadian musicians among its followers, since a number of artists have lent their support to Idle No More.
A Facebook page called Canadian Artists Statement of Solidarity with Idle No More features a statement signed by a host of musicians and other artists. It was originally posted on December 24 and is still collecting new signatures.
Among the musicians who have lent their support so far are Leslie Feist, Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip), John K. Samson (the Weakerthans), Steven Page, Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb (Constantines), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Mike O'Neil (the Inbreds), the Sadies, Justin Rutledge, and many more.
The statement denounces the controversial Bill C-45. It reads, "We recognize that our identity as Canadian artists is coloured by the shameful and continued history of injustice and colonialism, and support the Idle No More movement's demands that Canadians honour and fulfill Indigenous sovereignty, repair violations against land and water, and live the intent and spirit of our Treaty relationship."
Check out the Facebook page for the full statement, and visit Idle No More's website to learn more about the cause.