Sunday, 30 December 2012

Ikea more important than Idle No More?

The twitter account holder of a local news blog, ChrisD, has shared their anger over the fact that Idle No More might block some Portage and Main traffic. Braydon Maz, the disgraced former Leader of the "Progressive" Conservative Party of Manitoba Youth, also seems upset about the activists "interfer[ing] with other people's plans". Erik Thomas is more upset over the over-coverage of Ikea in our city.



When Idle No More was rapidly growing APTN noted that most media outlets covered the Ikea monkey more than the trans-Canada protests. Interesting that Ikea seems to be getting more coverage in Winnipeg (for opening here, rather than for the presence of a monkey), as the local news blog ChrisD.ca displays. Apparently, more box store development in the sprawling 'burbs is worthy of hagiographic coverage, but an aboriginal rights movement in our city - which has the largest urban aboriginal population in Canada - isn't.

What also springs to mind when viewing this twitter feud is the return of the Jets. ChrisD reported when the Jets came back to Winnipeg and described the start of the celebrations. Was he angry when the Jets fan party caused police to shut down Portage and Main? Was Braydon Maz angry about Jets fans "interfer[ing] with other people's plans"? I like hockey (and hate the lockout) as much as the next Winnipegger, but why should a display of hockey enthusiasm be grounds for flooding Portage and Main while demonstrating for aboriginal rights is not?

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7 comments:

  1. You forget one thing. The average working person considers Ikea far more important than another example of endless native protest groups.

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    1. Except that Idle No More isn't just another "another native protest". It's a aboriginal rights movement that's actually picked up significant steam in a very short period of time. Hundreds of people attended the Portage Place and Polo Park Idle No More rallies, for instance.

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    2. IdleNoMore is much much larger than some "endless native protest", but you go right ahead and kid yourself. "The times, they are a changin", as someone once said.

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    3. Idle No More doesn't have to be just have to be an "Indian" thing. Wab Kinew had an article in huff post.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/wab-kinew/idle-no-more-canada_b_2316098.html

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  2. But what is "Idle no More"? Sure you can say it's an aboriginal rights protest, but to the average person, what is it? Attawapiskat (sp?), Lake St Martin, Anger over Transparency portion of omnibus bill? Anger over environmental portion of omnibus bill?
    Sure, the media reports all these flash mobs and demonstrations, but what is the goal/purpose/issue? I'd bet 90% of the public have no clue.

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    1. It is concern and disapproval over the Government's unwillingness to consult First Nations when it comes to legislating for them. This movement's general raison d'ĂȘtre is illustrated in specific issues, like the unilateral changes to Canadian State-First Nations relations the Harper Gov't is ramming through with the omnibus bill.

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  3. Maybe if Idle No More gave out some freebies..

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