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The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement

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The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collect ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 26th 2014 by Arbeiter Ring (first published March 1st 2014)
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May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an amazing compilation of pieces about the Idle No More Movement! Everyone that lives in Canada and beyond should read this.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Winter We Danced is amazing.

As a Settler observer, dreamer, and participant during the months of the #IdleNoMore movement that grew -- from a longstanding struggle for Indigenous sovereignty and ecological justice -- into a prophetic force across Turtle Island in those fateful closing months of 2012, reading this retrospective was a renewed emotional and intellectual challenges for me; one that left me by turns exhausted, reminiscent, and passionate in ways I hadn't experienced since those d
A book every Canadian should read to better understand First Nations people, to see the duplicity of Canadian governments, and to celebrate the awakening of activism in Canada. The Winter We Danced is a collection of scholarly, artistic, and every person contributions to the Idle No More Movement.
We dance
to soften the hard lumps
that have formed
in the heart

As far away as Spain where I found myself when the Idle No More movement exploded back in my country, I heard the drums. By the time I was back in Canada, things had settled down somewhat but the vitality and creative energy of that time continue to evolve. This comprehensive compendium both documents the rise and peak of Idle No More, placing it in context and tracing its logic but it also points to possibilities for the immedia
Bruce Mackenzie
Almost every review I've read suggests that this is a book every Canadian should read. I wholeheartedly agree. On the surface, this is a look at the Idle No More movement from inception to the end of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike and the sunset of the Harper years. That is just the thin surface of the deep, immense lake that is this book.

From the well thought out editorials and essays to the personal and emotional narratives; from the intense poetry to the art and photography, this book

Review by Lindsey Cornum

When you hold The Winter We Danced, you hold more than a book. Edited by the Kino-nda-niimi Collective and gathering together more than 80 different contributors, it is a text bursting at the seams with collaborative fervour. With the addition of visual pieces, including paintings, photographs, posters and a substantial addendum of resources and organization information, this collection extends outside its own covers to participate
Winoka Begay
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Winter We Danced, is a book that acknowledges the depths and similarities the Anishnaabe people have toward the effects/processes of settler colonialism/Americanization of Indigenous nations in the United States, a perspective that many in Indigenous studies are not aware of. Through the personal reflections of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters, The Winter We Danced, has created a text that may help serve if not stir many other Indigenous nations to come together as one and let t ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This great collection provides an overview of the history, direction and momentum of the Idle No More movement which started in Canada in Nov 2012. It provides reprints in one place of some of the most influential voices and blog posts from the Winter of 2012-2013 along with some new interviews and a wonderful collection of images.
Stephen Landis
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, not only because the amazing breadth and depth of the material...the volume itself is a book-lover's treasure. Do yourself a favor and keep one on your bookshelf, your desk, or by your bed. Read an entry each night, maybe. Be inspired by its humble testimony.
Neil Gilbert
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't say this book is rated based on a scale of enjoyability as the majority of the book is a stinging reminders of colonialism and it's failures in protecting indigenous populations. This is required reading for Canadians.

The sheer number of essays made it easy for me to understand indigenous concerns and the decolonize movement as common themes emerged through a number of perspectives. These issues include:

• Protection of natural resources, including waterways
• Fair compensation for nat
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