The Idle No More Movement: Impacts on Mobilization, Political Conversation, and Policy Making

The Conference Board of Canada, September 15, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Over the last decade, social movements with a strong online component have swept the political, economic, and social landscape of several national contexts. As tools to engage and inform the public and community members, social media and other online forms of communication and organization are both quick and effective.

Indigenous actors and organizations are no strangers to this. The most famous Indigenous example within Canada, the Idle No More (INM) movement, emerged in late 2012 as a reaction to the Harper government’s Bill C-38 (the Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity Act) and omnibus Bill C-45 (the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012).

The Idle No More movement, although rooted in more than 400 years of struggle for the recognition of Indigenous Rights in the Canadian political context, used several modern online mobilization techniques to complement its offline efforts to push its issues to the forefront. As one of Canada’s largest social action movements, INM helped to change Canadian discourse, both online and off.

Webinar Highlights

This webinar explains how and to what extent INM activists turned to social media for mobilization, organizing, information sharing, as well as cultural expression. It also takes interest in how INM’s manifestation - both online and offline - impacted the political agenda and influenced policy outcome at the Canadian federal level.

In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Emmanuelle Richez and Dr. Vincent Raynauld will discuss:

  • How Idle No More activists used social media for mobilization, protest, and cultural expression.
  • How Idle No More was able to influence the political discourse on Indigenous affairs in Canada.
  • How Idle No More’s legacy on public policy spans over two federal governmental mandates.

About Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle RichezDr. Emmanuelle Richez’s research examines law and politics in Canada and other advanced liberal democracies, with a particular focus on ethno-cultural minority rights. Her doctoral dissertation measured the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on cultural rights and policies, notably in the areas of Multiculturalism, language, and Indigenous affairs. Dr. Richez is currently involved in several research initiatives. She is conducting a comparative analysis of the effects of bills of rights on Indigenous Peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Her other research projects pertain to the Supreme Court of Canada’s role in promoting access to justice and to Canada’s compliance with international law. Finally, she is collaborating with international partners on a study of the uses of social media for cultural minorities interests accommodation in Canada and abroad.

About Vincent

Vincent RaynauldDr. Vincent Raynauld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College (Boston, MA) and Affiliate Professor in the Département de lettres et communication sociale at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada). He is also serving as Research Associate in the Groupe de Recherche en Communication Politique (GRCP), as Member of the research network Réseau Démocratie Électronique based in Université Paris-Est Créteil (Paris, France), as Academic Adviser for the non-profit research organization Samara (Toronto, Canada), and as Faculty Associate in Emerson College's Engagement Lab. His areas of research and publication include political communication, social media, research methods, e-politics, and journalism. His work has been published in edited collections as well as academic journals such as Politique et Sociétés, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, French Politics, and Information, Communication & Society. A native of Montréal (Québec, Canada), Dr. Raynauld speaks and writes fluently in French and English.

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