public policy analyst, commentator on Aboriginal affairs, northern specialist
Dr.Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School in Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan and Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He has published extensively on Aboriginal issues in Canada and internationally, higher education policy, regional economic development (focusing on the Arctic and sub-Arctic), and the commercialization of science and technology.
The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were on the agenda of Canada's premiers, meeting at Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week. The Premiers did more than discuss the wide-ranging recommendations.
Idle No More is not gone. Far from it. This most unusual of movements -- lacking formal structure, operating without money, and without a clear strategy -- had transformed the country and aboriginal public affairs in myriad ways. It was a game-changer in Canadian public life. Its founders urged indigenous people to find and exercise their voice. And they did. Idle No More was not a failure and has not disappeared.