People gather in Dundas Square for an Idle No More protest in Toronto, Jan. 11, 2013. CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency
OTTAWA - Some aboriginal leaders who openly oppose Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo are planning to launch a national day of action next Wednesday to demonstrate their frustration with the government.
The planned action could include a number of blockades and associated protests across the country.
The chiefs, including representatives from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, said Friday demonstrations would be sparked on Jan. 16 if Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to get Gov. Gen. David Johnston to join discussions with aboriginal leaders.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has been staging a personal protest at Ottawa's Victoria Island for 32 days, also shared this demand, but Harper did not agree to that.
Instead, Harper met with Atleo and others at his office in Ottawa on Friday afternoon despite protests outside in support of a discussion boycott.