On the 11th of January, activists showed up at the Canadian Embassy for the second time in a week. The protest was in solidarity with Idle No More. Idle no more is a First Nations movement resisting the dual attacks of the Alberta tar sands mines/Keystone XL and the C-45 bill to permit the sale of Indigenous land and and end to waterway environmental protection.
This time around, protesters staged a “die-in” on the steps of the Canadian Embassy. Participants were identified as various indigenous nations and smeared with a substance resembling tar.
The main focus of the January 11 protest on the steps of the Canadian Embassy was stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. Stopping it would shut in the tar sands mines and remove the profit from the wholesale transfer of First Nations land to at least that particular extractive industry, as called for in Canadian bill C-45.
C-45 is being pushed as a budget and a “jobs” bill at the expense of First Nations (Indigenous) people in Canada. It is my own suspicion that the true motive of the bill is to transfer lands from the First Nations reserves to the tar sands mines and prevent legal action over water contamination.