Recently a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and supporters have began to organize an event at UBC for January 31st. We share the core values of Idle No More which are peace, respect, and co-existence between all humanity and the natural world. Our objective is to resist the current government policies in a peaceful and respectful manner and ensure that each of us returns to balance and discontinue harming each other and the environment.
As students we are concerned about the lack of knowledge possessed by the UBC community on Indigenous histories and the current political issues, specifically Bill C-45 and Idle No More.
On January 31st from 10:30 am to 4:30pm we will be hosting a consciousness raising event to network with the UBC community. The event will include a line up of guest speakers (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous), artists, music (traditional and contemporary), and media coverage by CiTR. A march will begin at 10:30 from M.O.A. and end in front of the Goddess of Democracy statue around noon. The rest of the event will unfold from there.
For information on Idle No More Movement: http://idlenomore.ca/
A short video exploring the experiences of Aboriginal students in the classroom: http://www.whatilearnedinclasstoday.com/