Queen turns down Chief Spence's request

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KRISTY KIRKUP, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Queen has reportedly rejected an appeal from Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a protest to try to get Gov. Gen. David Johnston to jointly meet with aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the same time.

Buckingham Palace has indicated in writing that Spence should take up her issues with the federal cabinet, according to a report Thursday by the Canadian Press.

Spence originally wrote to the Queen last February to outline some of the problems plaguing the northern Ontario reserve, including "inadequate" housing, and to appeal the government's decision to appoint an outside money manager.


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