Aboriginal protesters plan 'global day of action' for treaty rights

Thunder Jack from the Oneida Nation talks with Toronto police about their plans to march to Dundas...

Thunder Jack from the Oneida Nation talks with Toronto police about their plans to march to Dundas Square during the Idle No More Day of Action protest in downtown Toronto, Wednesday, January 16, 2013. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - Dozens of Idle No More protesters intend to gather on Parliament Hill Monday, when MPs head back to the Commons for the first time following a holiday break.

The First Nations demonstrators, who want the feds to address issues including aboriginal opposition to two budget bills, plan to meet at Ottawa's Victoria Island where Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence held a protest for six weeks.

Spence — who demanded treaty implantation and a joint-meeting with Gov. Gen. David Johnston, aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper — ended efforts Thursday after supporters and opposition parties signed a 13-point action plan for future goals.

"Stay together no matter what hardship we go through," she told chiefs.

Monday's protest event on the Hill has been timed to coincide with Idle No More's 'Global Day of Action', which has been planned for weeks online.

 


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