Theresa Spence Hunger Strike

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 ...

'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...

Another Hunger Strike

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - An aboriginal leader from Manitoba says he has begun yet another hunger protest in an effort to stop changes to federal funding for First N...

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...

Brazeau Suggests Spence Gained Weight During Protest

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada Politics

Patrick Brazeau ridiculed Theresa Spence Tuesday night, less than a week after the Attawapiskat chief's Twitter account called the Conservative senato...

What Did Spence's Hunger Strike Accomplish?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With a final media show, Chief Spence has now ended her 44 day "reduced food" diet. The question should now turn to what did she accomplish? Are Canadians more aware today and do they have a better understanding of the abysmal living conditions in First Nations communities? Probably not, such conditions were already well known and have been for decades.

Most Canadians Think Spence's Hunger Strike Was A Waste Of Time

CBC | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics

The majority of Canadians have heard of aboriginal protest movement Idle No More, a new poll suggests, with more than half saying Attawapiskat Chief T...

After 6 Weeks Without Solid Food, Is She Healthy?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence emerged from hospital Thursday to sign the First Nations declaration that ended her hunger protest after si...

Is This The End For Spence's Hunger Protest?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Opposition leaders and prominent chiefs are working on a declaration meant to end Theresa Spence's 43-day hunger protest. The Attawapiskat ch...

Chief Agrees To Stop Hunger Strike

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has agreed to end her hunger protest, and National Chief Shawn Atleo is coming back to work, but Ottawa-Fir...

Calling In The Backup

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Top First Nations chiefs from across the country have set aside their differences for now and signed on to a request for yet another meeting ...

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.

Bored Yet?

CBC | Posted 03.15.2013 | Canada Politics

Although a number of First Nations chiefs put pressure on her to end her crusade, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, so far, is continuing on with her...

Mulcair To Spence: End Hunger Strike

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The leader of the official Opposition and a prominent aboriginal chief have added their voices to the chorus calling for Attawapiskat Chief T...

The Week in Review: What to Make of Theresa Spence's No-Show?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week Prime Minister Stephen Harper granted Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's wish and met with First Nations Chiefs. But the still-hunger-striking Spence was one of many chiefs who chose to boycott the three-hour talks, in part because the Governor General would not be in attendance. So what to make of a leader who's willing to forego solid food for weeks to further her goal of meeting with the nation's leadership -- but who doesn't consider a conversation with merely the PM good enough? Apparently she's not an incrementalist.

'Nothing Here. Idle On': Will Round 2 Yield Solutions?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Over the past few days, as National Chief Shawn Atleo has been buffeted by harsh division among chiefs, protesters in the streets and a hunge...

Hunger Protest Continues

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Theresa Spence, the controversial First Nation chief whose month-long hunger protest has helped to fan the flames of the Idle No More movemen...

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.

Governor General To Meet First Nations Leaders

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The plans for Stephen Harper's high-stakes meeting with First Nations leaders on Friday are awash in confusion.After a week of frenetic meeti...

Bicker No More -- Let's Talk Solutions

Doug Thomas | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Doug Thomas

Now that Prime Minister Harper is at least dragging his feet toward a January 11 meeting with aboriginal chiefs, we continue to see government and aboriginal leaders contradict each other about the effectiveness and sincerity of government efforts. The problem is a very complex one. Some of the complications result from imperfections in the performance of the aboriginal chiefs and some from imperfections in the performance of Canadian government chiefs. However, none will be resolved until both sides decide to talk openly and to trust one another. Did I mention that I am an idealist?

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.

Governor General Won't Show

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Governor General won't attend this Friday's meeting with the prime minister and First Nations leaders.A spokesman for David Johnston says...

Chief Theresa Spence's Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela's

Obert Madondo | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the ...

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.