01/12/2013 08:00 EST

Idle No More Movement: Best Of The Blogs On HuffPost Canada


Since the start of the Idle No More movement, our bloggers have been quick to offer their spirited take — on everything from the utility of the grassroots protests of Bill C-45 to Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike.

Questions about Chief Spence's moral authority — and defenses thereof — were heightened when an audit was revealed concluding that the Attawapiskat First Nation lacked sufficient documentation for the majority of the $104 million that was transferred to it from the federal government between 2005 and 2011.

Further debate ensued about who should attend a January 11 meeting between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Chief Spence declined to go when she learned that the Governor General would not be there, but the Assembly of First Nations' National Chief Shawn Atleo took his place at the table. (He also took some heat for agreeing to show up at a meeting in the PM's office, with no representative of the Crown present.) It remains to be seen what the talks will accomplish.

But, as HuffPost bloggers of all political and ideological stripes have pointed out, the troubles in First Nations communities run too deep to be solved with a single gathering, no matter how high-profile.

Does the answer lie in Canada showing greater respect for its indigenous people, or in First Nations communities taking greater initiative to hold to their leaders to account?

Here's what 8 of our top bloggers have had to say about the Idle No More story:

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