The National Post reports in its Wednesday edition that Idle No More's co-founder is distancing the movement from Wednesday's planned first nations blockades and from Chief Theresa Spence, saying the grassroots movement is so far hosting only "peaceful" education events and has no leader. The Post's Kathryn Blaze Carlson writes that Sylvia McAdam, one of the movement's four originators, says that chiefs -- not Idle No More co-founders -- are behind Wednesday's planned blockades along a key southern Ontario highway and a busy bridge to Michigan.
Those kinds of highly disruptive protests, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis warned Tuesday, highlight the reality that first nations demonstrators "have the ability to paralyze" this country by shutting down travel and trade routes -- an approach Ms. McAdam says she does not endorse, at least not now.
The purpose Idle No More, she says, is to educate Canadians about indigenous sovereignty and treaty rights.
Although Ms. McAdam dismissed blockades as an effective form of protest generally, she says Idle No More co-founders and elders are specifically considering a future blockade along the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in B.C. and Alberta.