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Charles Kader: Keeping the momentum going for Idle No More





Charles Kader explains why the Idle No More movement isn't going away:
Idle No More has had approximately a dozen weeks of select media coverage behind it, and certain factors have been irrevocably altered. The founders of the movement are not being as heard from as much. Chief Theresa Spence is no longer fasting, nor is anyone else publically. Canadian Bill C-45 has lately been overshadowed by parliament scandal; finessed underground by Canadian policy shapers.

With the onset of approaching spring weather, the attentions of homebound families will change once again to sporting events and pedestrian pursuits. In short, the movements’ critical mass required to tap into the wider bystander population will be challenged to sustain itself, let alone continue to grow.

The bottom line is that for any social movement to have the legs to eventually change the status quo, the people who support and comprise the movement must themselves change, to bring that transformation. Another way of saying this is that it is one thing to start a fire, it is wholly another to keep that same fire burning.

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