The "Idle No More" movement assembled for a rally at our South Surrey door step, the Peace Arch Border Crossing.
I attended for the second time, this occasion more deliberate than curious. The weather was challenging for me and I am sure for many others in attendance. I wanted to see how committed the attendees were to their causes, which are numerous.
Leadership identification was lacking except for the early speakers addressing the converted. I was amazed at the number of First Nations representatives attending from as far as Halifax, Moncton, Alaska, Toronto, Oregon and California. There was one Aboriginal representative from Australia.
Conciliatory messages came from New Zealand, Vancouver Island bands and a very interesting/curious sympathizer on vacation and standing in solidarity with the movement from Croatia. I was still able to identify the regular "rent a crowd" individuals.
This time I came away convinced in my own mind that this movement has legs and the future depends on the outcome of the meeting between Chief Theresa Spence and Prime Minister Harper. Yes, I will be there for the next rally on Friday.
Orvis Noel, Surrey