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Chief Theresa Spence in early January 2013.

Chief Theresa Spence Announces End to Fast

ICTMN Staff
1/23/13

 

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has announced she will end the liquid fast that she began on December 11 in protest of federal and Crown policies toward First Nations and other aboriginals.

“Chief Theresa Spence and Elder Raymond Robinson have agreed to end their hunger strikes based on the commitments outlined and endorsed in a Declaration of Commitment supported by the Assembly of First Nations National Executive Committee, Native Women’s Association of Canada, NDP National Caucus and Liberal Party of Canada Parliamentary Caucus,” said the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in a statement on the afternoon of January 23.

Spence had been holding out for a meeting between First Nations leaders, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Crown representative Governor General David Johnston. The two officials had met with First Nations leaders on January 11 but separately. Spence continued her hunger strike, dissatisfied with what she felt was a lack of nation-to-nation regard for First Nations rights.

Lately First Nations leaders and others have been urging Spence to stop protesting, saying that her goal had been accomplished when Harper came to the table (even though he didn’t mention her or Idle No More, the grassroots movement that erupted across the country and beyond at around the same time as Spence’s strike began). Reports surfaced that her health was beginning to deteriorate.

Spence is scheduled to end her fast on January 24, the day that First Nations chiefs from across the country are meeting in Vancouver. The AFN said more details would be forthcoming. 

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She is a most courageous woman and I hope that her health has not been permanently damaged . I hope the same for Elder Raymond Robinson. I am not sure why there was far less coverage of his fast but I commend them both for showing true courage. I hope that the Canadian government who has as much to answer for as does my own,is finally willing to see the native people as equal and entitled to long over due negotiations.

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What this woman has begun is truly an amazing blessing to us all. Idle No More will continue to remind us to stand up for what we believe in and for who we are. Thank you Chief Theresa Spence for your sacrifices and for helping us to remember what is important.

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Harper and his clowns will be judged from a greater power, the creator.. Ending your hunger protest is good as it has awaken many people of over the world..

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From Carson City Nevada: Prayers for endurance and a loving heart that all will move foward postively!! Lululululu

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Awesome chief Spence..ur a strong woman nd ur efforts has been recognized..

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WILL HE BE HELD IN: CONTEMPT OF: "CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE"? FOR HIS LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND DISRESPECT TO A CHIEF THAT HONORED THE WAY OF HER PEOPLE?

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You fought a good fight Chief Spence. We are all IDLE NO MORE.. I will always speak of your courage and greatness.You make an ndn proud. My prayers are with you.

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Peace and health to you, Chief Spence. You are very brave and an inspiration.

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chiefs going on another road trip jeez isn't this partly why of idle no more began how does this fix the roofs that need to be repaired or the furnaces that need to be fixed while we have young people making a trek to ottawa through these extreme conditions and the chiefs will be in 5 star motels nice weather kicking back just going back to the same old routine should be in their communities listening to their people developing plans on how to address the 3rd world conditions their communities face on a daily biasis time to open the purse strings for your own people all of them equally i would certainly like to see the bill from said meetings everything posted on idle no more website for all of us to see this is why your support is going away i thought the afn was in ottawa not in vancouver you guys and ladies should be ashamed

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Aww,God Bless,Get well,you will never be forgotten for your true fight in what you believe. >><<

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Hiya Chief Spence.So glad to read that your fast is over. You are a wonderful strong caring person id love to meet you some day and learn from you. Hugz

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I am elated to know she decided to end her hunger strike as the physical effects were beginning to take place. First, because this is a form of self inflicted harm, basically suicide. American Indian and Aboriginal people retain the highest rate of suicide; and killing oneself is suicide, which no Indian person should condone. Secondly, the physical and mental effects she would have endured would have led her to a terrible immobile, imbalanced state and then how could she speak or lead?...She sparked support, movement & unity among young people, I support that wholeheartedly but I think there can be more unified and thoughtful ways to reach agreement and mutual respect.

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I am amazed by the true mettle of Chief Spence. She will be facing up to a lot as she recovers her strength. Chief Spence is a truly soulful and humble warrior in my opinion. I am really grateful to be part of this time in history. Chief Spence shows true character and power.

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This brave lady has accomplished what she set out to do.She needs to get well now and stand with her people carry on the fight... Amazing lady.live now for your cause lead your people...love to you...

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haper in governor david Johnston is not end the meeting first nation rights Bill c 45 is not end will support idle no more a cross wold

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I hope Chief Spence will completely recover from her heroic fast. I believe one has to gradually reintroduce regular foods after such a fast, so I hope she has both 1st nations spiritual/physical support, as well as coaching from western medical practices... I will continue to support Idle No More in rally, and flash round dances, until our planet is returned to all creatures in a state of ecological health that 1st nations have long fought for, dreamed of, and stood by, in part by having the treaties of these nations honored and upheld...

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Anonymous's picture Anonymous Awesome chief Spence..ur a strong woman nd ur efforts has been recognized..
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