Spence to end protest, under pressure from own band

Attawapiskat First Nations chief Theresa Spence arrives for a press conference on Victoria Island...

Attawapiskat First Nations chief Theresa Spence arrives for a press conference on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River next to Parliament Hill in Ottawa Jan 4, 2013 in Ottawa, ON. (QMI Agency/ANDRE FORGET)

KRISTY KIRKUP, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

OTTAWA - Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence will end her protest Thursday after it was reported band members called for her to return to her James Bay reserve or lose her job.

Spence, who has consumed liquids since Dec. 11 to demand the government implement treaty rights, has agreed to stop efforts now opposition parties and other supporters have signed a list of 13 requests issued by the chief.

The demands include continuing to pressure the government to revisit two budget bills which First Nations strongly oppose, particularly related to changes to environmental regulations.

Spence's step back comes after the Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network (APTN) reported members of Spence's own band wanted her return to her remote Ontario community, or face "removal as chief of the community."


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