If there had been no political resistance in the world, the fascists and despots would surely rule the world - and they pretty darn well do now. It wasn't too unusual for our people many eons ago, to stop eating if they felt that it was there time to go. Is Chief Spence opening the door for more tragedies? I don't think so, as her hungry strike is in the open, accompanied by ceremony and many prayers. Is this a desparate act borne of frustration and anger? Yes, and perhaps in a better time she wouldn't feel so compelled to do this. But this government is implementing the most aggressive attack on Aboriginal people and this land since the earliest days of colonialism. They have basically taken millions of lakes and rivers out of any environmental protection and opened the door for foreign governments to come in and rape and pillage. Well, while the PM hasn't agreed to meet her specifically, the Assembly of First Nations and other Aboriginal organizations have given him some face-saving space by organizing a meeting on January 11, with Chief Spence attending. Remember Ghandi, Mandela, the Dalai Lama and many others went on hunger strikes as a political act. I appreciate what you are saying however, as each of us must carefully and mindfully consider our actions because of the message it may send to our children and youth.
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 13:35