Today, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike, taking place here in Ottawa, enters Day 18. Spence started her peaceful protest on December 11, 2012. She’s demanding a meeting involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a representative of the Queen and First Nations leaders. She wants to discuss treaty agreements between Canada and First Nations, and recent legislation that seeks disempower, exploit, control and marginalize First Nations. Spence’s peaceful protest is the human incarnation of the pain and struggles aboriginal people endure every day. Spence is calling us to compassion, fairness and respect for fundamental rights. She’s urging Canadians and First Nations to rediscover the lost art of democratic conversation. You can follow Chief Spence on Twitter via: @ChiefTheresa. Check out our coverage of the protest via these categories: First Nations, Chief Theresa Spence Hunger Strike and Idle No More.
Here’s a sample of the conversation on the social media today:
- Why does it take a hunger strike to gain media attention for Aboriginal issues in Canada?
- What Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike Says About Canada
- To Chief Theresa Spence, From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan
- Hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence gets 5 500 Twitter followers in only 40 hours