WENDAKE, QC – Madam Jeannette Pilot, an Innu from Uashat Mani-Uténam, has undertaken a hunger strike this past January 1st. On March 13th, Madam Pilot indicated that she was now refraining from drinking, thus moving on to a complete fast. Madam Pilot wants to join forces with all those who have spoken in support of the Idle No More movement.
by Guest Blogger | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 25, 2013
Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence signed the First Nations declaration that ended her 43-day hunger strike at Ottawa’s Victoria Island . The 13-point declaration, entitled “First Nations: Working Towards Fundamental Change”, was signed jointly with First Nations leaders and Canada’s federal opposition parties. As The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo, declared earlier, Chief Theresa Spence’s heroism already eclipses Nelson Mandela’s.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Let me introduce myself, my name is Michèle Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. I am a mother of five adorable children, and I am deeply committed to my nation and my people in both political and social issues. I am also proud of my Innu and Quebec cultures.
In my role as President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, it was natural for me to visit Chief Spence at the beginning of her hunger strike; I went to support her woman to woman and leader to leader. I accepted the invitation of this courageous woman to stay with her in her teepee during my stay in Ottawapiskat (Victoria Island) during her hunger strike. I have been very close to the political action and wish to remind you that the health of Chief Spence is deteriorating day by day.