PM urged to help end first nation chief’s hunger strike – Globe and Mail

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Dec. 18 2012

The federal opposition parties and the head of the Assembly of First Nations are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take steps to end a prominent aboriginal leader’s hunger strike before it’s too late.

The call came as an aboriginal elder in northern Manitoba embarked Tuesday on a separate hunger strike.

In a letter to Mr. Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair called on the Prime Minister and the Governor-General to meet with aboriginal leaders to end the protests.

Chief Theresa Spence of northern Ontario’s remote Attawapiskat First Nation stopped eating a week ago, vowing to die unless the government started showing more respect for aboriginal treaties.

“I ask that you please act swiftly to avoid a personal tragedy for Chief Spence,” Mr. Mulcair wrote. “I look forward to your early positive response to this urgent matter.”

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