Ottawa businesses support Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike

by Teresa Smith | Ottawa Citizen:

OTTAWA — Two Ottawa businesses are donating their time and services to help Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as she continues to her hunger strike for aboriginal treaty rights.

Lara Purvis, 33, the floor manager at Venus Envy on Lisgar St. near Bank St., says when she saw a tweet from Spence requesting a list of goods, it took her “about 12 seconds” to decide it was time to help.

Calling herself a “settler ally,” Purvis said part of her responsibility as a white Canadian is “owning our past and our history.”

“I think that a lot of people who are settler allies such as ourselves feel a sense of helplessness in this situation in that we don’t know how we can support and how to contribute in a way that would be appropriate,” said Purvis who has been watching the Idle No More movement grow for the past month. MORE


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