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Spotted: Idle No More at the Eaton Centre


SPOTTED BY: HiMY SYeD and Fifth_Business

WHERE: the Eaton Centre

WHEN: Sunday, December 30

WHAT: The Native protest movement known as Idle No More returned to the Yonge-Dundas area after a successful outing there a week ago. CP24 reports that about 250 people took part in a flash mob, the goal of which was to call attention to what organizers believe to be a pattern of disregard for First Nations people by the Harper government. Several cities have seen similar protests in recent weeks.

Helping to animate the movement is a hunger strike by Attawapiskat First Nations Chief Theresa Spence, who has vowed not to eat solid food until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with her and other Native leaders.

Spotted features interesting things our readers discover in their journeys across Toronto. If you spot something interesting, send a photo and pertinent details to tips@torontoist.com.

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  • deedee

    I didn’t even hear about this at the Eaton Centre, in Toronto, I’m a stones throw away from there, sure would’ve been there. Is there a schedule of upcoming flash mobs in the surrounding GTA? I’m thinking of going to Sarnia tomorrow with a couple of friends.

    • April Wemigwans

      Today (Dec 31) yorkdale mall @ Noon. Meeting outside H&M. Tomorrow (Jan 1) Yonge & Dundas square @ 4pm.

  • Anonymous

    Harper’s entire reign could be summed up as “a pattern of disregard” for people.

    • Anonymous

      Father Knows Best.

  • sjfbarnett

    That’s way more than 250 people. Looks like another example of the press under-reporting activist numbers.

    • Anonymous

      There was a huge crowd of onlookers – I was there, I saw it – but the INM group itself wasn’t very big from what I could see of it, and the line got a bit blurry when they invited people to join in the dance (and a second one started a floor above).

  • Anonymous

    I really wish that the media would focus on how this is a Canadian issue, rather than just an Aboriginal one.

  • Pete (Granpa) Moss

    ” a pattern of disregard for First Nations people”

    How about; a pattern of disregard for taxpayer$ donation$ by the first nations?

    • Anonymous

      Treaty obligations are not “donations”.

      Or would you rather default and have the land repossessed?

      • Pete (Granpa) Moss

        Those ‘obligation$’ seem to be squandered,
        as if they were donations!

        • Anonymous

          Tell it to Tony Clement and Bev Oda.

          • Pete (Granpa) Moss

            They don’t make children live outside and eat garbage.

          • Anonymous

            That’s funny, I don’t recall living outside or eating garbage as a child or as an adult.

          • Pete (Granpa) Moss

            dsmithhfx envies you.

          • Anonymous

            Sure they do.

          • Pete (Granpa) Moss

            You’re the authority on living outside & eating garbage.

        • oldfawn

          Pretending for a second that you know how that money is actually spent instead of how it “seems” to be spent, you don’t get to pull someone’s treaty-sanctioned entitlement away just because you don’t like what’s done with it. Just like how I can’t yank your healthcare away just because I think you don’t “seem” to listen to your doctor’s advice or whatever.

          And if you know anything about the crap we’ve put Aboriginal people through, you’d know that if they were white middle-class people they’d be suing the governments for millions. And winning. The money the government is giving them is a joke. We’re not even close to fulfilling our treaty obligations. We’ve been blowing them off for five hundred years, and every century we say “but those treaties are so oooold!” and hope they’ll forget.

          Also – overall, people who have access to decent money have a decent quality of life. Maybe they waste some of it, but overall they eat better and have nicer shelter and things like that – because, you know, living in poverty actually sucks. So if a whole population has a dramatically lower quality of life, it’s not because they’re freakishly bad at financial management to the extent that they’re living like poor people. It’s because they’re actually just…poor people.

          • Pete (Granpa) Moss

            I have done nothing to these ‘entitled poor’ native americans. So speak for yourself.
            So show the government where all the money goes, maybe they are entitled to more. Simple really.

    • Anonymous

      I’m surprised it took this long for ignorance and racism to grace our presence.

      You may enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GlkuRCXdu5A

      • Pete (Granpa) Moss

        Please spare me the hyperbole.

        • Anonymous

          Says the guy that calls Aboriginal Affairs a “donation”…

          • Pete (Granpa) Moss

            Taxpayers Dollars are considered donations by heap big Chief Spence. (Sorry for your challenged comprehension.)

    • Ryan

      obviously ill informed educate your self first :)

      • Pete (Granpa) Moss

        Hi Ryan!, where have you been, living in a T-Pee?
        This thread is long over, try to stay better informed and up to date.

        • Ryan

          haha “Troll”