A University of Saskatchewan professor says the Idle No More movement has exposed what he calls an “unholy alliance” between the federal government and media to undermine the treaty and constitutional rights of First Nations people.

Sakej Henderson teaches at the Native Law Centre and was speaking on Monday at the university as part of a discussion series on the Idle No More movement.

He says Idle No More is basically a grassroots expression of Indigenous treaty and constitutional rights and no one should be surprised by what has been basically a “knee jerk” reaction by the Harper government and media.

“It emphasized, to anyone that was paying attention, the alliance between the government operatives, the government communications officers, the 50 or so new employees that do nothing but communication in the Privy Council office and the media.”

The topic of discussion was Law, the Environment, Treaty Rights and Idle No More.