No force more powerful

The Idle No More movement in photos

JB the First Lady, a Cayuga and Nuxalk hip-hop artist, leads the first Idle No More flashmob in Vancouver on December 10 (Photo: Stan Williams).

The Idle No More movement has captured the imaginations of Indigenous rights activists and allies the world over, sparking a broad-based movement to forge new relations between peoples and with the land.

Nothing can really convey the power of moments where people come together to realize their collective strength, but we thought we’d try anyway. When we put the call out to activists and photographers to share their best photographs documenting the movement, over a hundred people responded. Narrowing down the field was extremely difficult. What follows is a series of glimpses into the diversity, creativity, and courage at the heart of Idle No More.

Youth at an Idle No More Rally in Ottawa on January 28 (Photo: Laura Kavanaugh).

Demonstrators gather under heavy snowfall on Parliament Hill on January 28, the first day politicians returned to Ottawa following the Christmas break (Photo: Justin Chin).

Hundreds of people marched to Vancouver City Hall on January 11 as part of a national day of action in support of Chief Theresa Spence (Photo: Caelie Frampton).

A candlelight march departs from Queen’s Park, Toronto, on January 11 (Photo: Jordan Snobelen).

Michelle White Hunter, Kristen Beck, and Meredith Schummer burn sage at Parliament Hill on January 28, the World Day of Action (Photo: Hannah Yoon).

People dance at a candlelit rally at the Kitchener City Hall on January 11 (Photo: Kristi Coles).

An Idle No More round dance stops traffic at Canada’s busiest intersection, Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, on December 21 (Photo: Hayden King).

Drummers gather on the Peace Bridge in Calgary on January 28 (Photo: Joey Podlubny).

Dancers join the Grand Entry at West Edmonton Mall on January 13 (Photo: Arsan Buffin).

Drummers on the steps of Parliament Hill on January 28 (Photo: Melody McKiver).

Community members join in a round dance in Cumberland House, SK, on January 28 (Photo: Jennifer Stewart).

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