PressTV: Canadian native chief on hunger strike backs out of talks with Harper

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa SpenceAttawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence

Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:34AM GMT

A Canadian aboriginal chief, who is on a hunger strike to force a meeting with the prime minister, has backed out of the meeting.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence said in a statement issued on Wednesday that she would not attend the meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper scheduled for Friday, because Governor General David Johnston, who is a representative of Queen Elizabeth II, will not be taking part in it.

She stated that Johnston’s attendance “is integral when discussing inherent and treaty rights.”

“If the state of Canada continues to undermine and destroy the treaty relationship, what rights does Canada have to exist within our territories?” the statement added.

Danny Metatawabin, Spence’s spokesman, said Harper’s government does not take “indigenous peoples’ concerns seriously.”

Since December 11, Spence has been on a hunger strike to protest the poor living conditions of native communities in Canada, forcing Harper to accept to enter talks with a delegation of native leaders in early January.

In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International called on Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples.

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2 Responses to PressTV: Canadian native chief on hunger strike backs out of talks with Harper

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  2. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    It is almost comical how the colonizers always try the same tricks, not just on the indigenous but on one another-it’s never new. The one person in power showing up but leaving out another who has veto power, or whose input is needed for any REAL action to occur is so old it was used by the Roman colonizers!
    Bravo to Chief Spence and the other Chiefs for not falling for it! I hope that soon a REAL meeting will be planned and some real action taken for needed change, but at least for once we didn’t end up with another farce meeting to “pacify the Natives” while business as usual goes on and on on…….
    (Thank you Jean for finding and sharing this!!)

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