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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Sainte-Marie sings at Idle No More rally (Video)



Buffy Sainte-Marie rallies protestors on the steps at the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday evening. Several hundred protestors gathered for a National Day of Protest as part of the Idle No More movement.

Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie sang on the steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building at an early-evening Idle No More rally that was at turns festive and defiant.

A crowd of about 500 people gathered Monday at the legislature as part of a nationwide series of events timed to coincide with the end of the winter break at the House of Commons in Ottawa. Some carried placards urging Ottawa to respect treaties for First Nations. Others carried banners bearing the M├ętis flag or the names of left-of-centre Winnipeg social organizations.

Others simply waved light sticks or cheered on speakers who warned about the perils of disrespecting the environment. Then at dusk, the Saskatchewan-born Sainte-Marie briefly addressed the crowd before singing a Cree round-dance melody that reverberated off the face of the legislative building and out through its columns.

The 71-year-old musician, who now lives in Hawaii, said she has seen public concern about the environment wax and wane over the decades. She says First Nations have always tried to share concerns about the land, but never before with so much solidarity. (Source)

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

luv u Buffy..

Anonymous said...

...wonderful gathering of beautiful people...I've been following Buffy and her music for more than 40 years...awesome..thank you for the video and don't give up...

lizsolo said...

love u Buffy!! <3 <3 <3

Dictionaryhound said...

Idle No More and you Buffy! your incredible songs give us courage for a better world. Thank you so much! Love Peace Namaste!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the song and the support. We are in the USA and you are right, farther south you go, the harder it gets. Always loved your music and I am almost your age. Love your music, songs and support for Idle No More. Stand strong.

Linda Seib said...

Been Enjoying your music for years Thank You for the pleasure!!

Anonymous said...

I have followed Buffy since I was a young teenager. Buffy - you are my inspiration, I love you. You speak your mind with power, truth, strength, dignity, clarity, self respect. I send you much love, energy and gratitude for over 45 years of pure joy, listening to your beautiful voice, witnessing your beautiful spirit.

Mark Adams said...

Great Song...Nice--Very...

Mark Adams said...

Buffy,you definitely have my support--now,and ever... <3 XX

Christina Maschmann said...

Buffy forever!! Idle no more continue!!

FibroHell DeeDee said...

I Love it @ you are AWESOME!!! Love you.
Saddle,Lake,Ab,Ca First Nations.

FibroHell DeeDee said...

I Love it @ you are AWESOME!!! Love you.
Saddle,Lake,Ab,Ca First Nations.Dena Quinn

Anonymous said...

Beautiful song beautiful person Beautiful activist a hero.