The Return Of Idle No More

Almost 2,000 activists supported an Idle No More protest on 16 January 2013 which closed down the northbound lanes of Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Almost 2,000 activists supported an Idle No More protest on 16 January 2013 which closed down the northbound lanes of Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – With the announcement that Greg Rickford was being appointed Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, in Doug Ford’s newly elected provincial government, the possibility of new Idle No More protests has arisen.

Tom Bressette, the chief of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, says that combining the Indigenous Affairs portfolio into another ministry could result in demonstrations at border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge.

In 2013, the Idle No More protests were in response to the federal Bill C-45 brought in by the Harper government. Almost 2,000 activists of all ages marched along Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge on January 16, 2013.

Bressette is concerned that the merging of ministries will result in reduced funding for native issues. He isn’t averse disrupting the general public by blockading the border crossings.

Almost 2,000 activists supported an Idle No More protest on 16 January 2013 which closed down the northbound lanes of Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Almost 2,000 activists supported an Idle No More protest on 16 January 2013 which closed down the northbound lanes of Huron Line to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.

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