Demonstrations could 'get a lot uglier' if feds fail to meet First Nations: Angus

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence pauses after speaking with journalists about her hunger strike in...

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence pauses after speaking with journalists about her hunger strike in a teepee on Victoria Island in Ottawa, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

OTTAWA — Peaceful First Nations demonstrations could "get a lot uglier" if the feds don't meet demands for a substantive conversation between aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP MP Charlie Angus suggested Wednesday.

"This is a situation that really doesn't need to boil over," Angus said. "There is a lot of frustration ... let's try and settle this in a way that's just and fair."

Angus says he plans to meet Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in Ottawa on Thursday. The chief, who represents a poverty-stricken northern Ontario reserve in Angus' riding, has launched a personal protest at Ottawa's Victoria Island for three weeks.


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