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Hunger strike prompts Atleo to demand Harper meeting –

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012501 Views

Dec 17, 2012

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

Shawn Atleo has written an open letter asking for the meeting in light of a hunger strike by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.

Spence stopped eating seven days ago to protest what she sees as a lack of respect for treaty rights.

In his letter, Atleo said the Government of Canada has not upheld its responsibilities to First Nations. He is seeking an immediate commitment to a meeting from Johnston and Harper.

Atleo says First Nations communities are in crisis and need help, and they are trying to get somebody to listen.

“As Chief Spence was saying, you know, we need peace with Canada,” he said Monday in Winnipeg.

“We need to see the treaties implemented. We need to see the deep poverty alleviated, and for people to have the dignity of clean drinking water, of proper homes.”

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