Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
OTTAWA, CANADA While many people spent Christmas with family and loved ones in the comfort of their homes, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence spent the 15th day of a hunger strike. She was paid a visit by actor Adam Beach.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence with Actor Adam Beach
She began her hunger strike on December 11 to bring attention to the sweeping legislation put forth by the Harper Conservative government that in essence will terminate treaty rights of the First Nations peoples.
Beach, a Canadian Saulteaux actor, is well known for his role as Victor in "Smoke Signals," and as Private Ben Yazzie in "Windtalkers," among many other cinematic roles, spent the day on Victoria Island.
Beach flew to Ottawa from Los Angeles to spend time in support of the "Idle No More" movement with Chief Spence. He was part of a midnight rally on Victoria Island, near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada's capital city.
Last Friday Beach attended the "Idle No Rally" in Los Angeles.
While on Victoria Island he told Chief Spence he was proud of what she is doing on behalf of First Nations people and was there to show his support.
posted December 26, 2012 3:30 am est