Harper to meet with First Nations leaders Jan. 11

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec 7, 2012. (ANDRE...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec 7, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

David Akin Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper and protesting Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence will sit down next week at a meeting native leaders say is "a good first step."

Harper, on Friday morning, announced he and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan would attend a "working meeting" with First Nations leaders next Friday to continue "ongoing dialogue" about the Crown-First Nation treaty relationship, aboriginal rights, and economic development.

Harper left it up to the Assembly of First Nations to choose which native leaders ought to attend and Spence, who on Friday began the 25th day of what she's calling a hunger strike, expects to be among those leaders who will meet Harper.


Videos

Photos