No compromise in sight for First Nations protesters and feds

A flash mob in support of the Idle No More movement at Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto Sunday,...

A flash mob in support of the Idle No More movement at Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

OTTAWA — It seems Prime Minister Stephen Harper and aboriginal demonstrators remain at a stalemate after weeks of blockades, protests and a high-profile hunger strike in Ottawa.

Aboriginal protesters, who have participated in a number of protests and blockades across the country, want the federal government and the Crown to discuss treaty implementation and a variety of problems plaguing First Nations communities including a lack of safe drinking water, housing problems, educational gaps and violence against Indigenous women.

Former auditor general Sheila Fraser also referenced some of the "unacceptable" conditions in First Nations communities before she left her decade-long post as federal fiscal watchdog in 2011.


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