This is the statement the Prime Minister’s Office issued on Dec. 20 regarding the Idle No More movement and Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence. It was issued by Harper’s spokesman Carl Vallee and he says it still stands.
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, most notably education and infrastructure on reserve. In fact, the Prime Minister met with National Chief Atleo on Nov 28 to review the progress to date and to discuss a range of issues.
The Government remains willing to work with Chief Spence, and all chiefs, to deliver better outcomes for First Nations communities.
Minister Duncan has offered to meet with Chief Spence but has not as yet received a response from her.
Parliamentary Secretary Rickford has also asked to visit Attawapiskat to see first-hand the improvements made on this particular reserve, including the construction of new modular homes.