Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
VICTORIA ISLAND, OTTAWA, CANADA Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence announced last night that she will continue the hunger strike that began on December 11.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (c) Greeted
By Governor General David Johnston
The announcement came after she attended a "ceremonial" meeting at the home of Governor General David Johnston on the evening of Day 32 of her hunger strike. She attended the meeting where about 100 other chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations attended after the working session meeting that took place with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Chief Spence did not attend that meeting with the prime minister. Most of the other chiefs gathered for the "ceremonial" did not either - only about 20 attended the meeting with the prime minister.
Earlier Friday, it had been announced she would not attend either meeting.
The determined Chief Spence reversed her decision not to attend the meeting with other First Nations chiefs with Governor General Johnston.
Then late Friday afternoon, word came that Chief Spence left Victoria Island where she has been living in a teepee in frigid weather since she began her hunger strike to go the Delta hotel where other First Nations were waiting to board two buses to take them to the Governor General’s residence.
"She had greeted people on the island all day long and even allowed them to take picture with her,"
said an unnamed source to the Native News Network Friday night speaking about her reversal.
"She decided to go. She left the island to go visit the other chiefs at the hotel,"
continued the source.
"Even though she went over there, she is very weak. She is very determined."
While at the residence of the Governor General, Chief Spence delivered a message to Governor General Johnston that
“she will resume her hunger strike until a fully inclusive meeting takes place with both levels of government both the federal and provincial, that includes the prime minister, governor general and all First Nations leadership.”
“It didn't feel too good inside that house but we stood up for your rights,”
Danny Metatawabin, Chief Spence's spokesperson told a group of First Nations chiefs as he described the meeting as "a show, a picture opportunity."
photo credit Dale Matasawagon;
posted January 12, 2013 7:40 am est