Chief Spence to end hunger strike

Posted By: Jason Mayoff · 1/23/2013 5:30:00 PM

A spokesman for Theresa Spence says the Attawapiskat chief has agreed to end her hunger protest after six weeks of forgoing solid food.

Spence has been subsisting only on fish broth and medicinal tea since Dec. 11 to push for a meeting between First Nations leaders, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.

Word of the breakthrough comes by way of a statement released today by Spence's spokesman, Danny Metatawabin.

A coalition of Liberal and NDP politicians and First Nations chiefs have signed on to a declaration spelling out 13 specific demands for continuing negotiations between First Nations and the federal government.

The declaration calls for improvements to housing and schools on reserves, as well as an immediate meeting between the Governor General, the federal and provincial governments and all First Nations.

It also says historic treaties that originally defined the relationship between many First Nations and Ottawa should be modernized and fully implemented within five years.

Photo: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, wearing a headdress, takes part in a drum ceremony before departing a Ottawa hotel to attend a ceremonial meeting at Rideau Hall with Gov. Gen. David Johnston in Ottawa, Friday January 11, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand"

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