The Idle No More movement will mean so much more to First Nations people than it does to me. But as a woman close to 70 years old and with memories of living in northern Saskatchewan, I feel as elated, Iím sure, as many elders do when watching this movement grow.
Yesterday I watched a video of 700 people marching under the banner of Idle No More in the northern town of La Ronge where I spent my teenaged years. It brought back so many memories, and I wondered if the young people involved in the demonstration had any idea of their own history in this town.
I wondered if they knew when their people walked down that same road, their eyes were usually diverted, if they knew that their grandparents were not allowed into the only bar and were unwelcome in the restaurants on that road. I wondered if they knew the extent of the incredible poverty and disease on the reservation and the separation of the town from the reserve.
This wasnít so many years ago, and all Canadians should be aware of this recent history. As for me, the Idle No More movement means 700 people walking down that road with eyes not diverted.
Anna Elphinstone, Sechelt