Chief Theresa Spence

Spence's Partner Charged With Fraud

CBC | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Politics

The former co-manager of Attawapiskat First Nation is facing fraud and theft charges, CBC News has learned. Clayton Kennedy was co-manager of the no...

5 Biggest Aboriginal Stories Of 2013

CBC | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Anti-fracking protests, the growth of a movement, a hunger strike, an unprecedented turnout at a reconciliation walk and a disgraced senator — all ...

Harper Foes Group Up

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Imagine if the people who rankle you the most decided to hold a party on the same day as yours, and just down the street.That will be the cas...

'It's Absolutely Ridiculous'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has urged the Attawapiskat First Nation to postpone band council elections until all members living off-re...

Chief On Hot Seat After Last Winter's Hunger Strike

CBC | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics

Theresa Spence, who went on a six-week hunger strike last winter in an effort to persuade the federal government to take aboriginal concerns seriously...

Aboriginal Leader Ends Hunger Strike After 5 Days

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics

Manitoba aboriginal leader Raymond Robinson has called off a complete hunger strike after five days without food or water. Robinson, a Grand Elder ...

Attawapiskat Residents Want Answers

CBC | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Politics

From declaring a housing emergency last year, to a hunger protest in Ottawa, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has fought very publicly with the feder...

Idle No More: An Open Letter to My Non-Aboriginal Neighbours

Chief Shining Turtle | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Chief Shining Turtle

These Idle No More drums are not just for us: they beat for you because the legislation we are protesting does not just harm us -- it hurts you and your children and your grandchildren. I cannot tell you what path to follow. I cannot tell you to join our protest. But I can tell you the story of what we know of these legislative changes and how they will forever change our relationship with the land and water. The circle of those dances is not complete until you join us. I know that it is up to you to know your own journey. I know, however, that many of you have hearts open to hear this call.

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.

Talking Points No More: Harper's Duty to First Nations Is Far From Done

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

To suggest Harper has consulted with First Nations leaders because of the meeting on Friday is simply ridiculous. First Nations know the realities of what they are facing and the Conservatives' dishonest talking points, aimed at convincing average Canadians they are making progress, are further undermining what little credibility they have with Canada's indigenous population.

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.

What is the Strategy Behind Idle No More?

James Morton | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
James Morton

If the million or so aboriginal Canadians together realized their joint power, they could change Canada into a totally different society. And there are indications that a strategy is there. Idle No More need not be a confrontational force -- it can be the catalyst to bring about real justice and fairness for all the nations of Canada.

Idle No More: First Nations Governance Coded To Fail

Sandy Garossino | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

The Deloitte & Touche audit of Attawapiskat is a textbook outcome of the fatal weakness in Canada's current model of First Nations governance, which is coded to fail. There could be hundreds of Attawapiskats.
Does anyone know what the average First Nations chief's level of training and management experience is? Or the average training and experience of band councillors? How many building inspectors live within 50 miles of Attawapiskat? How about CAs, CGAs or project managers capable of supervising and maintaining records on multiple construction sites?

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.

Don't Be Fooled By Chief Spence's Circus

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

What we have here is a woman who bemoans the impoverished nature of her reserve while she is partly to blame for it; a woman who has the ability to make things better, but won't because not everyone has RSVP'd to her invitation. What was once a justified pursuit to better the pitiful lives of the disenfranchised in First Nations communities has become a circus in which there is no possibility of dialogue unless every single demand is met. Spence is not a symbol to be admired. She is but one of the myriad reasons why First Nation communities exist in the sad way that they do, and it's time for her to go.

Why Is My 10-Year-Old Already Wary of Canada's Indigenous People?

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

My racism at the age of 10, although not acceptable, was somewhat understandable. But my daughter's? Why aren't today's youth more knowledgeable than I was? The expectation would be that after a thorough history lesson, our children should be horrified by the treatment of the aboriginal community, not rationalizing it.

What Idle No More Should Really Be Protesting

Mark Milke | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Mark Milke

In the wake of the Idle No More protests that have blocked railway lines and have hinted at more mischief, multiple grievances have been advanced in place of clear-headed analyses. But none of the slogans, clichés and guilt-tripping get to the bottom of why some aboriginals, especially on reserves, are in a sorry state. Fundamental problems with how reserves are run — and the unsustainable nature of some of those rural collectives — is what protesters should ponder.

Watching the Watchdog: Supporting Idle No More is a No-Brainer

Tim Knight | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Centuries of racism and neglect have spawned a righteous anger amongst Canada's native people. The Idle No More protesters are simply asking that we respect the treaties signed with our First Nations. Damned if I can see how any Canadian can be against keeping our promises to the people who were here first.

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.

Hunger Striking Supporter To Join Chief Spence

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact

WINNIPEG - Chief Garrison Setee of Manitoba's Cross Lake First Nation says an elder from the band is going to Ottawa to continue his hunger strike in ...

Support Rolling In From The Maritimes

CBC | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact

A group of 50 Maritime activists is heading to Ottawa to support a hunger-striking First Nations leader. The First Nations protesters left...

Theresa Spence Calls For Solidarity Protests

CBC | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Impact

As First Nations Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike continues, the chief called for weekend solidarity protests from all Canadians to force Prime Mi...

End Hunger Strike, B.C. Chief Urges

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A First Nations leader from British Columbia is urging a northern Ontario chief to end her hunger strike aimed at winning a meeting w...

Media Bites: #IdleNoMore Is Low on Specifics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg You've been following #IdleNoMore, right? Basically, they're another one of those virulent First Nations protest movements that tend to pop up in this country whenever aboriginal-Canadians have reason to be outraged with their lot in life (i.e.: constantly). But this one has a hashtag!