January 9, 2013
UN offers its two cents on Idle No More
By Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau
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.