First Nations leaders prepare for mass call for consultation on Parliament Hill

- December 20th, 2012

A growing First Nations campaign that’s demanding a conversation with the federal government about treaty rights is set to culminate in a mass march on Parliament Hill on Friday.

The rally, which is being billed as a peaceful demonstration but could feature thousands of protesters, comes just more than two weeks after aboriginal leaders protested the government’s budget bill in Ottawa, including measure to eradicate certain federal environmental protections.

On Dec. 4, security guards confronted First Nations chiefs when they tried to enter the chamber of the House of Commons. Leaders said they were “serving notice” to government.

The building Idle No More movement has since rallied in several Canadian cities.

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence claims to have launched a hunger strike to call for a meeting between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The government says Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is willing to meet Spence but she’s declined, demanding Harper meet with leaders.

Harper has not signalled he is willing to do that.

“The prime minister hosted an historic gathering of the Crown and First Nations this past January. Since then, the government has been working with First Nations leadership to make progress in several areas,” said Carl Vallee, a spokesman for Harper.

In a recent letter to the federal government, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo also raised concerns about a lack of progress in the last year.

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9 comments

  1. Jen says:

    The CPC fed gov give provinces money for necessities and how the premiers spend the money is not the responsibility of the fed gov. The same goes for the FIRST NATION, money is given to the chiefs to see to it that money goes where it is needed.

  2. Rob H says:

    The whole “first nations” nonsense is a disgrace. They are not “nations” they are groups are drones who demand others support them as their “right”.
    Indians need to quit blaming everyone else for their situation. Crying how unfair things are and how they “need” housing, food, health care, education to be provided by everyone but themselves is pathetic. Their “culture” has been dead for over a hundred years and playing at being “Indian” doesn’t change that. Move on, we are tired of hearing from you.

  3. Janice says:

    Would YOU meet with someone who openly hated you and tried to blackmail you into publicly dancing to her tune? Spence’s now-annual Christmas drama for cash is a big yawn.

    Give her attention, and you guarantee she’ll be back and nuttier next year. She comes down for the annual AFN Xmas party and prefers to spend Xmas here anyway. Notice she didn’t start her fast BEFORE the party. A total fraud. She figures the best defence is a good, offensive offence, like most other failed “leaders”. Competent chiefs run a good ship and make money too.

  4. Anne Warren says:

    These Chiefs (67 of them) are living in million dollar homes and making three times what the Prime Minister of our country does while the people on some reserves are living in poverty and squalor. I think it is in Attawapiskat where they built the school on toxic soil and had to abandon it but instead of using money to build another school they built a state of the art hockey arena with a brand new zamboni. When they can’t or won’t manage their money, then they yell for the Fed. gov’t (taxpayers) to bail them out. Maybe it’s time for the First Nation people to take a long hard look at these Chiefs. Maybe, it’s also time to join the rest of Canada and get off these reserves. Anyone that I have known, that lives off the reserve seems to have prospered and integrated quite well,while still embracing their culture.

  5. Steve d'Eça says:

    I’m getting tired of the incessant “I want, I want, I want!” They seem to think they only have rights and no responsibilities. This is because previous governments allowed this mentality to take hold. Glad to hear that the GG [David Johnston] refused to get involved. Glad to hear that the PM is not responding. It’s the business of the Minister, who is available, but they don’t want to meet! What the…!

  6. Ron says:

    It’s amazing the lack of knowledge about the true history of Canada, a lot of the commentary above stems from propagated media B.S. … the “Indian Problem” is about rights to the land… it starts around 1850 and is still in the works to this day… the plan of assimilation through residential schools and enfranchisement clauses of the original Indian Act are clear system failures of the government… the once paternal attitudes of the government is no longer valid… do the research, freedom of information act, reveals a history that was not taught in the school system…

  7. FN says:

    Maybe its time for all of you invaders to go back to your country and destroy your land and the futur of your kids.

  8. Jen says:

    How come a reserve located in the Osoyoos region is one of the wealthiest and the people on the reserve reap huge benefits from their real estate investments in time share condos, golf courses and wineries. It seems that these people have made an effort to improve their lot in life by hard work and entrepreneurship and not depend so much on taxpayers hand outs.

  9. Don Cloud says:

    Finally Canada’s first people’s have had enough. If they had the resources and weren’t prevented ( the Indian Act ) from pursuing their legal arguments in the courts over the generations, then maybe groups like Idle No More wouldn’t have to be created to stand-up and be heard. It seems that the taxpayer will not notice what is happening to all the Native communities and it’s people ( reserves ) unless their own quiet little lives are inconvenienced. Lets make this all go away. Tell Canada to honor all the treaties or in today’s government speak: land claims ( http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100030285/1100100030289 ) they’ve signed over the years. Tell them if they’ve broken a treaty then reverse it. Like you’re supposed to.Tell the government to make all those campaign contributing multinational companies share the profits they reap off of unceded lands across Canada. Tell Canada if this happens you can stop giving the Indians money (it’s called fiduciary responsibility [Guerin v. The Queen [1984] 2 S.C.R. 335] ) because they’ll have enough to sustain themselves for future generations.

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