We were in the Canadian Capital, Ottawa in the province of Ontario, earlier this month and had the opportunity to visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which is just a 10-15 minutes drive from the Parliament Hall but on the Quebec side.
As we were visiting the various exhibits on the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, I heard some interesting sounds, which sounded like a performance. I followed the sound to what turned out to be a very peaceful protest organized by members of the Idle No More movement. I had been reading about this for quite some time, but this was the first time I actually witnessed it.
Idle No More is a protest movement by the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. It has risen out of abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the incumbent Conservative government. It seems the government only celebrates Aboriginal peoples culture within the confines of museum walls.
l’ll leave our readers with this note that was written under an exhibit showing a small ivory mask that gave evidence of the ancient presence of the First Peoples in Canada. The ivory mask was one of the oldest surviving representations of the human face found in Canada, which was about 3,500 years old!
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