Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
OTTAWA, CANADA Attawapiskat Chief Spence was released from an Ottawa hospital Thursday afternoon and is said to be quite tired.
Chief Spence signing of the 13 point Declaration of Commitment that she crafted in the teepee on Victoria Island
Late Wednesday night she went to the hospital to seek medical attention after announcing she and elder Raymond Robinson would end their hunger strikes.
Chief Spence began her hunger strike on December 11, 2012. She sought medical attention on the advice of her partner, Clayton Kennedy.
Once at the hospital she was admitted for observation and it was determined she was suffering from dehydration according to unnamed sources.
She remained in the hospital on Thursday morning and was not at a planned honoring ceremony that was set to take place at 8:00 am and missed a press conference at 11:00 am. She was represented there by Danny Metatawabin, her spokesperson during her hunger strike.
“On doctor's orders, and I repeat, doctor's orders she is still hospitalized,”
By late afternoon, she was released by the hospital and attended the signing of the 13 - point Declaration of Commitment that she crafted in the teepee on Victoria Island.
The Declaration of Commitment was signed by Treaty Chiefs, the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women Association of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party of Canada.
“We end our hunger strikes with signed commitments from elected First Nations leaders and opposition parties to urgently carry forward our action plan which ensure that our Treaty Rights are recognized, honored and fully implemented. Furthermore, we are still calling for an immediate meeting with the Crown, Federal and Provincial governments in order to renew and reset this volatile relationship. Indigenous Peoples have lived well below the poverty line in a country that considered one of the wealthiest in the world. We are no longer idle and precedence has been established over this past six weeks. There's no going back, our voices have be heard and now I ask for your involvement to move our agenda forward,”
stated Chief Spence in a news release issued late Thursday.
“I personally want to thank and acknowledge all our supporters this past six weeks for their prayers, encouragement and genuine support during our hunger strikes. Both Raymond and I have taken with us a deep spiritual experience which has lit a fire that will assist us in implementing our vision where First Nation Peoples have equality and can forge their own destiny,”
stated Chief Spence.
posted January 25, 2013 8:40 am est