First We Dream

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Opinion


I started reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers a few days ago.  It’s the kind of book that gets you thinking.  And since I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the #IdleNoMore movement, I’ve been thinking about the kind of Canada I want, the kind my grandparents couldn’t ever dare dream of.  And my dreams have been big of late and include all sorts of crazy thoughts like: what if we could have a country where finally Indigenous people were valued, appreciated and were equal partners in Canada? What if on the land of our ancestors we could speak the original place names, be fluent in the languages, and have the power to stop the oil sands? What if the resources were shared fairly and the category of “Indians” was removed from legislation and replaced with recognition of the sovereign Nations that we are from? I know. Crazy right?

The point is Idle No More has inspired me to dream big.  And to see that really the first obstacle we face is overcoming our disbelief that what we want and need from Canada isn’t possible.  Well if Ghandi didn’t dream of “home rule”, India may yet still be a colony of England.  If MLK didn’t dream, segregation may still exist.  First we dream, we imagine, we envision – and we discard any voices in our head that tell us it isn’t possible.  That is always the first step.

This blog site is for the dreamers among us.  Those who want to share ideas about the Canada we want.  Those who believe our children deserve no less.

It is also for the brave among us, those people who have no fear in writing the truth.  The kind that educates, resonates and helps inform us.  The kind that challenges us to think in new ways and to decolonize our minds.

Contact me if you would like to be a guest blogger on this site at


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Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people.  The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world.  Author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007), Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Gabriel Dumont Institute (Saskatoon), and the Indian and Inuit Art Collection (Hull).



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  1. Tammy Porter
    January 10, 2013

    Miigwetch for sharing this with us, beautiful words and visions that I am sure alot of people share along with you Christie, don’t keep us waiting long for more. Keeping you in my thoughts as you fast in Solidarity with so many other strong Indigenous people. Stay strong.

  2. Kahwinetha Diome
    January 10, 2013

    This is the first ‘Blog’ I have ever seen or been a part of, it is quite exciting.

    Dreaming big is a wonderful way to live, it means you have hope and a vision for the future, something to aspire to.

    The truly miraculous thing in this Idle No More campaign is that I hear my own voice and my own dreams recited in TV interviews, in newspaper articles, now in blogs, recited by people I have or may never meet. Seems from sea to sea we all have the same dreams and all this time we have never been alone.

    So glad to have bumped into here, I will be certain to find my way back to hear more of what inspiration you have to share.


  3. Pamela
    January 10, 2013

    miigwetch for being that strong woman, and sharing your voice.

  4. Amedar Consulting
    January 12, 2013

    I have been browsing online more than 3 hours nowadays, but I never discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is beautiful value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the web will probably be a lot more useful than ever before.

  5. Shane Belcourt
    January 14, 2013

    The other power of Idle No More is that this dreaming happens not only within us as individuals, but it is shared amongst each other. It multiplies. The roots run deeper with information sharing and the branches stretch further upward with the dream sharing, marching, singing, dancing, holding hands and coming together in a good way, feeling our collective ness. Exciting times indeed!

  6. kelly mcguire
    January 15, 2013

    I’m just plain old Canadian. Honestly, I have no idea of my heritage, I suppose originally from Ireland. I do care greatly about the injustices that have been done to the native people of Canada, but more than that…I care about ALL our children and grandchildren !!! Their future is entirely in our hands – well, it should be, but any power we shoud have has been taken away.
    Even white people don’t have any strength in this unless ALL OF US TOGETHER FIGHT THIS FIGHT !!!