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.
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Dana Wensley | Troy Media:
As First Nation groups continue their protests against Bill C-45, what comes as a surprise to me is that it took so long to happen in Canada.
In the lead up to Canada Day I noted that while other post-colonial countries like Australia and New Zealand have their national days marred with indigenous activism, Canada manages to sail through July 1st looking like a haven of peace and calm. (Read: Canada Day: A reason to celebrate . . . for some at least).
It saddens me that the first form of protest that has gained widespread media attention in Canada is Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat’s hunger strike.
by Obert Madondo:
Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. First Nations leaders, the opposition, unions, the media, grassroots movements and individuals are urging Harper to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation chief as her indefinite protest reaches the mid-point of its second week.