Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike

A hero, standing up for her people:

Ontario, the three Prairie Provinces as well as large parts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories all sit on land that First Nations people signed over to Canada in exchange for a package of government guarantees. Treaty 9, the 1905/1906 treaty signed the people of Attawapiskat, for instance, guarantees that, in perpetuity, First Nations would receive “benefits that served to balance anything that they were giving.” The treaty also guaranteed total Aboriginal control over reserve lands. Idle No More organizers point to the disastrous state of Aboriginal health and living conditions on First Nations reserves and allege that these treaty rights are not being properly honoured — and that current attempts to amend the Indian Act will only erode existing Aboriginal rights. “Canada has not committed itself to addressing the colonial relationship it still has with indigenous peoples,” wrote Metis blogger Chelsea Vowel earlier this month. “I think it’s fair to say that most Canadians believe that kind of relationship no longer exists. We are trying to tell you that you are wrong.”

One Response to Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike

  1. Andre December 29, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Relative to this is this:

    A site my brother sent me, where he lives in new Brunswick. Canadians have just as big a problem with their political elites as we do, with Stephen Harper, whom I call the ‘smirker’. He is a piece of work!

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