Chief Spence

Bob Rae: The Most Principled Liberal Leader in the Last 50 Years

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Bob Rae never ceases to surprise. In a recent speech in Saskatoon, reported in the Huffington Post, Bob Rae, unequivocally voiced his support and hi...

Canadians Lined Up Against Idle No More

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.17.2013 | Canada Politics

As Idle No More revs up across Canada, a new poll reveals Canadians aren't exactly behind the demonstrations. And money management on First Nations re...

Theresa Spence: Stop the Hunger Strike and Hold Harper to Account

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Today's "National Day of Action" gives Chief Theresa Spence another opportunity to declare a victory over holding the government to account and another opportunity to call off her "hunger" strike. By not doing so she risks further polarizing and dividing the movement and First Nations leadership. The government is left with few options. It must still negotiate with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and National Chief Shawn Atleo, as it has to be seen to be engaged and working to make change possible, sooner rather than later.

It's Time to Stand Together and Share This Land

Reilly Yeo | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Reilly Yeo

We must offer support by sharing First Nations perspectives, and remembering that some truths are simple: we have to share this land together in a fair way that reflects a real understanding of its history. This Friday, a global day of action provides an opportunity for us all to stand together.

Media Bites: Chief Spence, Your 15 Minutes Are Up

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg What makes this sideshow all the more embarrassing is that there's been a complete breakdown in the Chief's relationship with the one independent agency whose power actually does matter -- the press. The indifferent contempt in which she has so consistently held the press is beginning to return in kind. You can almost hear her 15 minutes ticking away. To put it bluntly, you can't just do this.

Harper and Spence Take the First Step

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

By Harper agreeing to meet Spence, the first step has been taken. Whatever the outcome, the movement will not fade away. By seizing the moment, the AFN and the government have been handed an opportunity where they can make common cause to affect positive change for First Nations communities. It is in everyone's best interest that they succeed.

The Idle No More Movement Is More of a Stand-Still

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As we enter the new year, it is time for Chief Spence and Prime Minister Harper to pause and reflect about their on-going standoff. Both sides need to feel that they have won and both sides need to find a way to declare victory. Only then can the two sides proceed to the next step which should be fresh dialogue and agreed to solutions for key First Nations issues.

Former PM Meets With Chief Spence

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A visibly weak Chief Theresa Spence made a brief appearance on Sunday — in Day 20 of her fast —as a parade of politicians and protesters ...