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If Idle No More appears to have slowed, there's still plenty of action behind the scenes.
One evening late last month, Melissa Mollen Dupuis gathered with a dozen First Nations women in a Montreal university classroom to lay out their plans for a day of protests.
Dupuis, a 35-year-old Innu woman who lives near Montreal, started the Quebec chapter of Idle No More last winter. She wants to focus more on educating the public.
Her group is pushing for changes to the province's high school history curriculum to better explain the devastating impact of government policies like the residential school system. Thousands of aboriginal children were forced into church-run institutions, where many suffered mistreatment and abuse.
Across the country, pockets of First Nations activists like Dupuis are working toward the same goal. Many of them, observers have noted, are young, educated aboriginal women — a fast-growing segment of Canada's population.
In Canada, there are more than 1.4 million aboriginal people, making up 4 percent of Canada's population. Poverty, however, is an issue. A study released this summer found that half of Canada's First Nations children are living below the poverty line — triple the national average.
There is also a disproportionately high number of missing and murdered native women in Canada. The apparent lack of action by law enforcement to take on the issue is a major concern among protesters.
Despite those grim numbers, Thomas-Muller sees cause for optimism. He's encouraged by events like a reconciliation march in Vancouver last month, which drew an estimated 70,000 people despite rain. He contends that Idle No More will one day be looked upon as a "turning point" in Canadian history.
"We have been forced into a situation where a line has been drawn to stop harmful projects threatening our air and our water and our clean earth," he says.