The ‘Idle No More’ movement began to move across Great Turtle Island on December 21, 2012 and with it the significance of this time of transition was shared with the world.
As Indigenous women, as Māori women, across Te Moana nui a Kiwa, the Great sea of Kiwa, we send our thoughts and blessings to our tuakana (elder line) who are taking the lead to send messages to the world that things must change. Your leadership with its commitment and dedication to our responsibilities as Indigenous Peoples to Papatūānuku, to this great Grandmother Earth, is a powerful expression of the cultural and spiritual pathways that we must all commit and dedicate ourselves to for the future wellbeing of all living things that share this earth.
We stand in solidarity with our relations who are taking to the streets, who are walking the earth, who are sharing the sounds of drums and song, who are sending blessings and prayer to Creator to bring us in to a period of revitalization for all Indigenous Peoples.
We thank you for your strength to continue to stand in protection of Papatūānuku. We thank you for your courage to stand in protection of future generations so that for seven generations and beyond there is a place for our descendants to stand. We thank you for your powerful expression, in these moments in time, of the dreams, visions and aspirations of our ancestors, seven generations and beyond, who held true to our protocols, beliefs and values in relationship to all living things.
We send karakia, blessings and thoughts of wellbeing to Chief Spence, to her children, her family, her nation, and acknowledge her act of bravery for the wellbeing of all people. Her act of selfless dedication to past, present and future generations carries the message to the world that the current state of oppression of Indigenous Nations across the globe must end. The power of your stand, Chief Spence, is watched with the utmost respect and our tears flow for you, for the pain and sacrifice that you experience to bring this message to the world. He nui tō mātoua aroha ki a koe, mā ngā atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki i tēnei wā. We send to you our love, compassion, respect and call to Creator and all guardians of our lands to embrace and nurture you at this time.
As one group of Indigenous women from Aotearoa we send our absolute solidarity and support to the Indigenous Nations across Great Turtle Island who stand at this time as guardians and protectors of Papatūānuku. Our karakia, our blessings, soar across the Great Sea of Kiwa to you all
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.