January 15, 2013
Aboriginal leaders, grassroots divided
By KRISTY KIRKUP, Parliamentary Bureau
TORONTO - On the eve of a national day of action, aboriginal leaders and grassroots First Nations remain divided on the use of civil disobedience and economic blockades to bring attention to plights of their people.
Some chiefs, who openly oppose Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, have been leading the charge to roll out blockades Wednesday in provinces including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
These leaders, including Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, wanted Atleo and other aboriginal leaders to boycott a Friday meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper because Gov. Gen. David Johnston was absent.