Feds and First Nations still at odds despite hunger strike and protests

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence (right). (QMI Agency File)

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence (right). (QMI Agency File)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

OTTAWA - Aboriginal leaders say a life is at risk because First Nations and the feds continue to be at odds over calls for talks on treaty implementation.

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence launched a hunger strike in the shadows of Parliament Hill two weeks ago and said she is willing to die in an attempt to get the feds, the Crown and aboriginal leaders to discuss treaties originally signed in the spirit of partnership.

Spence’s personal protest was ignited by the recent passage of the government’s second omnibus budget bill and has the support of a growing grassroots Nations movement called "Idle No More."


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