One thing Idle No More is accomplishing is to bring into the open (finally) some of the internal friction in aboriginal politics. No, they're not all the same stripe. It's also illustrating the discrepency between some stated beliefs held (respect, understanding, extended family) and what actually happens. And in terms of respect, that they're not willing to treat other groups with much.
While the Indian Act needs reform, it is also the responsibility of the aboriginal population to reform from within - after all, from without hasn't worked despite having money showered on the problems. And joining the world may mean that you move from a location that either the band or DIAND chose as your village, even if it was a poor choice.
I think most Canadians are willing to support and spend on helping aboriginals find their place in society - after all, other more recent ethnic groups have. In some ways, perhaps the current situation can be compared to an addiction. The first step is admitting that you have a problem and it's not all someone else's fault. The addict has to want to succeed and change before that's possible. And like any addiction, there are those who benefit from it - perhaps some bureaucrats in continuing jobs, some chiefs and band members, and certainly a whole bunch of carpet bagging lawyers and others.
If this starts a process that lets aboriginals move forward, good on it. It is good to see a number of native leaders come out and make statements - far more rational ones - disputing the goals of Idle No More. Or more accurately, what goals? Like Occupy, it's sort of 'down with the man', and complaining. You have to have a point to have it addressed.
Chief Spence, unfortunately, is starting to look like what she may be - an unsophisticated person who was doing a bad job and wasting millions of dollars, is way out of her depth, being pretty childish and unreasonable.
In a previous post, I noted that the Yukon has mostly settled land claims, people are working it out and it's succeeding. We're probably 20 years ahead of most of Canada in that regard, although bands like Osoyoos, Winfield, Kamloops and others are also doing extremely well, having fit into the modern world without losing identity. It can be done if the band members want to, but it won't be easy. It is, in large part, up to them. Other groups have.