By Andrew Butler
Jan 24, 2013
Idle No More is an indigenous peoples movement born in Canada. Their mission is described as follows:
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
On December 10th, Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.
Bloodland is a powerful and visceral short film by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, who writes "In honour of the Idle No More movement, I have decided to make this film public. I, by no means, intend to speak on behalf of my people. The film is simply a reflection of my feelings toward the incredibly harmful process of fracking happening on my home territory."
The filmmakers describe Bloodland as "a social statement on the irreversible and detrimental impact of gas and oil exploration on our planet; and in particular on the impact that hydraulic fracturing has and will have on Kainaiwa, or Blood land. The film was shot with a completely Indigenous cast and crew. The film was also inadvertently funded by the Blood Tribe Chief and Council (2011), the gas and oil companies, and KRI Resources Inc because funds from a distribution cheque from the Blood Tribe Chief and Council were used to fund the making of this film."
Embedding of the film has been disabled, so you will have to go to You Tube to watch it. (Warning: Graphic Imagery)
The direct link for Bloodland: http://youtu.be/LSfBWMSl1rw