It’s the end of Day 19 of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike, taking place here in Ottawa. 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.
So far Harper has maintained a stubborn wall of silence. One that seeks to overwhelm the peaceful protest. Spence’s supporters, thousands of them, are having non of it. Here’s a sample of what some of them had to say 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