Chief Spencer to Harper: We don't want a paternalistic relationship, but a “Nation to Nation” meeting because We are Sovereign Nations.
Chief Theresa Spence is standing firm on her request that both Prime Minster and Governor General of Canada need to be present and participate at the meeting with First Nation leaders. This statement comes on the heels of the Governor General announcing his invite to meet at a “ceremonial” meeting without the Prime Minster in attendance.
“We need to meet with the Prime Minster and Governor General of Canada together and ensure that fairness at the table. The attitudes and treatment towards our Indigenous Peoples needs to change with this current government. We can no longer have a paternalistic relationship and be dictated to.
Since last year’s, First Nations Crown meeting, our Peoples have not seen any results and in fact it’s been quite the opposite with a suite of First Nations legislation without any Free, Prior and Informed consent. At this point, the Honour of the Crown has been sullied by the actions of the government of Canada,” stated Chief Spence.
Chiefs unanimously support Chief Spence’s hunger strike and are advocating for a “Nation to Nation” meeting with both the Prime Minster and Governor General. The historical meeting that took place last night saw Chiefs and supporters standing in solidarity with the Peoples and their movement, “Idle No More.
“I clearly stated from the very beginning that the meeting has to include both the Governor General and the Prime Minister in attendance. We continue to push for justice, equality and fairness for all Indigenous Peoples, “stated Chief Theresa Spence.
Chief Spence is on her 32nd day of her hunger strike and continues to subsist off of fish broth and medicinal tea. Her physical state has been weakened but is strong in spirit and remains steadfast in her position.
“Our Peoples need hope for their future and we cannot deny them this right as original Peoples of this land. We continue to pray for peace and seek guidance from our spiritual leaders on this path of recognition and implementation of our Inherent and Treaty Rights,” concluded Chief Spence.