When sleeping women wake, mountains move: #IdleNoMore

Posted by Cara Mumford on Friday, December 28, 2012 Under: "When It Rains"
As a Canadian who believes in democracy, I am beyond frustrated by Harper and his cronies running rough shod over our political system. When you have a majority government, you have a responsibility to govern for ALL of the people, not just the constituents who voted for you. But Harper's Conservatives apparently feel no such responsibility. As Elizabeth May said, "No previous Privy Council in the history of this country has ever equated an amendment to a bill between first reading and royal assent as some sort of political defeat that must be avoided at all costs. This is a level of parliamentary partisanship that takes leave of its senses."

As an environmentalist who has been fighting to protect the earth since my first “Save The Whales” campaign when I was 8 years old, I believe that the legally binding treaty rights of Canada’s First Nations are the only thing standing between Harper and his plans to destroy this planet.

As a proud Métis whose family signed Treaty 4 and was then discharged from Treaty for their participation in the Riel Resistance, I don’t want to see anyone else lose their rights to their land, thereby destroying their way of life and disconnecting them from their culture.

As an artist whose films address issues of social justice in an attempt to shift perspectives and create dialogue, I think the Idle No More movement is a vitally important shift in the dialogue on Indigenous issues in this country and around the world.  

As a woman, I believe the Chinese proverb “When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” The work that I do, creating films to draw attention to issues of violence against women, is meant to empower women to stand up for themselves and others. So for anyone who doesn’t think that Idle No More is also about the 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women known as the Stolen Sisters, think again. Our women are vital to healthy communities. Our nation is strong only when our women are strong. And between Chief Theresa Spence and the four women who started Idle No More (Sheelah McLean, Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam & Jessica Gordon) our nation is strong indeed.

Here is the one-minute film I created as part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative. I plan on expanding this film and submitting it to festivals later this year, but wanted to share it with the world during this time of Idle No More:

In : "When It Rains" 

Tags: #idlenomore  film  women  indigenous 
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