Behind the Headlines: Why Chief Theresa Spence Is Hunger Striking – Huffington Post

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012600 Views

12/17/2012

The headline that caught our attention: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike: “I am willing to die for my people.”

As we write, Chief Theresa Spence begins her sixth day without food. In the middle of a chilly December she’s making her stand in a tepee on Ottawa’s Victoria Island to secure a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In the scale of protest, a hunger strike is about a Defcon Two. Anyone willing to put her own health — and life — at risk to make a point isn’t fooling around.

In October 2011, Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency. With temperatures plummeting, families lived in tents and uninsulated shacks without electricity, heat, clean water or sanitation.

More than a year later, 22 modular houses have been built, but according to Attawapiskat elder Danny Metatawabin there has been little other progress. He told us many families still live in overcrowded houses or unheated shacks, and the water from the taps is still undrinkable.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/craig-and-marc-kielburger/theresa-spence-hunger-strike_b_2311944.html?utm_hp_ref=canada

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