Chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike – Idle No More

Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation begins a hunger strike to demand a meeting with Prime Minister Harper and the Governor General of Canada to discuss aboriginal rights.

Her protest was intended to focus public attention on First Nations issues, support the Idle No More indigenous rights movement, and highlight concerns about Bill C-45. Further, she stated her action “won’t end until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston agree to sit down and talk about Canada’s treaty relationship with First Nations leadership.” From a tipi on Victoria Island, near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, she issued a call for First Nation traditional women healers and other women, including Laureen Harper, the wife of the Prime Minister, to come and join her “to pray for Canada.”

– Sourced from Wikipedia