Toward a New Era: End-of-Year Message by Grand Chief Edward John, Chair of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Grand Chief Edward John, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, released a holiday message as 2012 wound down. John touched on the Idle No More movement that has spread throughout Turtle Island from Canada over the past month; the hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence that was then in its third week, and the dawn of the 14th Bak’tun of the Maya on December 21, and tied all of it into the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to discuss the way forward.