Epsiode 52: #Idle No More Interview with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Join your host, J Kēhaulani Kauanui for an interview with activist and scholar Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (originally from the St. Peter’s/Little Peguis Indian Settlement in Manitoba) about #Idle No More, an ongoing protest movement comprising the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples (and their non-Aboriginal supporters). #Idle No More challenges Canadian political dominance and is prompted, in part, by the hunger strike of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and draws attention to indigenous treaty rights and abuses by the conservative federal government. It has inspired solidarity activities throughout North America and beyond as far as Aotearoa/NZ and the UK. Sinclair speak to the political context and the high stakes. His critical and creative work has been translated into several languages and can be found in The Guardian and The Winnipeg Free Press. He is the co-editor of the award-winning anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2012) and the newly released collection, Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013). Original air-date: 1-8-13.