Native group urges PM to end Chief's hunger strike

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston to meet with a native leader who has been fasting to protest Canada's treatment of First Nations people.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began fasting on Dec. 11.

In a statement, NWAC expressed its concern for Chief Spence’s health and well-being while offering its full support for her cause.

In an interview last week with APTN, Chief Spence stated, “There has been enough talk, enough politics, now is the time to develop action plans,” She also asked that "all First Nations leaders and communities across Canada stand united and in solidarity in advancing this urgent call for action and attention.”

More than 2,000 aboriginal protesters took a “dire” call for change to the nation’s capital on Friday in a bid to pressure the government to meet and discuss treaty rights and “crises” plaguing First Nations communities.

The demonstrators, who were taking part in a growing grassroots First Nations movement called “Idle No More,” met at Ottawa’s Victoria Island on Friday before marching to Parliament Hill.

-- with files from Kristy Kirkup

 


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