UN offers its two cents on Idle No More

Idle No More demonstration at Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia. (TARA JEFFREY/QMI AGENCY)

Idle No More demonstration at Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia. (TARA JEFFREY/QMI AGENCY)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

OTTAWA — The United Nations says it wants "meaningful" talks between First Nations and the Canadian government.

The UN weighed in Wednesday after a tense month during which the Idle No More movement erupted into protests and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence launched a so-called hunger strike to protest the government's budget bill.

"Both the government of Canada and First Nations must take full advantage of this opportunity to rebuild relationships in a true spirit of good faith and partnership," James Anaya, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, said in a press release.


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