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  • Marie Poirier
    January 07, 2013 - 21:35

    Fasting means no food only water. Liquid fasting is not fasting as U can drink Glucerna, Ensure etc. Therefore she is well nourishing not weaking fast. Head games only work for Journalists as they report for selling papers & to keep thier jobs. Sad for Canada or whats left of it. Proper reporting would have opened the $$$ game at the beginning & not fed into the headgames. Your people starving while U were given $$ to help your own is ruining your honour & the Native honour which always was there. Now its gone How Sad & then the idlenomore uses that to move their headgames. SAD.

  • Dexter
    December 31, 2012 - 19:06

    I just don't understand how native bands can receive millions apon millions of dollars and still blame the government. They mismanaged the money, period. What I also don't understand is this whole "nation within a nation" stuff. If you declare yourself a nation, take care of your own, stop asking my nation for more handouts, because its never enough. Times have changed, it's time to integrate into society. Like work, use public schools, pay into the same system the rest of the country uses. Nation within a nation? I'd just be happy the landing immigrants didn't wipe out aboriginals, and I don't mean that in a rude way, but look south of our borders, most of them were. Treaties are old, misused, manipulated.

  • RevCo
    December 30, 2012 - 19:12

    Just because I dont agree with this so called "idle no more" movement doesnt mean I'm racist so please all those who support this idiocracy... stop playing the racist card. Just my 2 cents!

  • pete
    December 30, 2012 - 15:03

    "She has inspired so many, with humble courage, with quiet determination, with dignity and with steely resolve." Apparently you haven't been reading the majority of canadians opinions on this ridiculous show she's putting on.

  • g graham
    December 29, 2012 - 17:39

    "IDLE NO MORE" DOES THAT MEAN THOSE PEOPLE PROTESTING ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR WORK ?

  • Chris Roberts
    December 29, 2012 - 16:35

    The time for hunger strikes was over two-hundred years ago. Idle No More take heed. Nothing short of seizing government buildings is needed. Nothing short of reoccupying ancient lands is needed. Nothing short of provoking an armed conflict with the army is absolutely needed. Where is your Wounded Knee Idle No More? Chris Roberts

  • Rick B
    December 29, 2012 - 15:23

    The minister has already stated he would meet with her. The department has also consulted with the First Nations on education. Bill C-45 does indeed remove some of the protection from the waterways, however nobody mentions that there is also other federal and provincial laws and regs on the books already protecting those waters.C-45 eliminated redundant regs. Of course throw the residential schools in the mix and of course nobody mentions the success stories, not all were bad. Its much better to repeat all the bad stuff for press. Do you really think if the schools were that bad, they wouldn't had been closed down until 1996? What happened to all the MILLIONS that were wasted on the reserves when the government as they requested were put in charge to look after their own finances. Of course the Band Chiefs with their $200,000 saleries when their own people don't have decent housing.So who gets the blame for this and must bail them out time and time again, the government of course. If they simply would take some responsibility for there own actions, things and attitudes would be better for them. Its obvious Lana Payne had axe to grind with Prime Minister Harper and is using the unfortunate actions of Mrs. Spence to further her agenda.

  • Ken Collis
    December 29, 2012 - 09:36

    "Idle No More" is a movement that we can all learn from. In the future it will prove to be the only way to take the government ownership from big companies and give it back to the people. We will be forced to join together and protest for better treatment from all forms of government. Would the fence in St. John's Hr. go up if everyone who enjoys the freedom of a stroll along the harbourfront were to gather day after day, blocking traffic, disrupting council mettings, etc...? Would the provincial government be willing to have Nalcor and the province use thier income from Muskrat Falls to help the ratepayers pay for the project if we all refused to pay our electricty bills until we were treated with that kind of respect? Remember that in five years the doubling of your power bills, combined with higher intrest rates, will be the start of the housing bubble bursting. If we were to join the native population in the current protest against the omnibus bill, would the Harper Government be able to ignore us all? In the future we will all have to join together in defeating the corperate governance in place, and the future could be now.

  • Pieface
    December 29, 2012 - 09:30

    Mrs. Payne, here's some food for thought. The efforts of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan to appease and to achieve a face-to-face meeting with Chief Spence have been loftily dismissed by her as insufficient unto the day. Chief Spence, incapable of directing her attention to the well-being of her northern Ontario reserve, preferring to consider ineptitude and nepotism and a little corruption as evidence of her good intentions, insists on holding Canada's feet to the fire of her indignation. "Given your willingness to accept meetings now I am hoping that you will consider my offer, as a Minister of the Crown, to meet or speak with you by phone to discuss the issues you have raised publicly" appealed Mr. Duncan to the truculent Ms. Spence. But no; as Senator Patrick Brazeau observed ..."it seems that she doesn't want to meet with government officials or government representatives, but certainly she's open to meeting with NDP members and Liberal Party members." Nothing will do to satisfy Ms. Spence's sense of outraged entitlement but to meet personally with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General David Johnston. None others need apply for they will be curtly, robustly and rudely rejected. From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan to Kenora MP Greg Rickford, Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau and presumably others not persuasively elite enough for her taste. So her taste remains with fish broth, lemon water and medicinal teas. For she, as a chief of her nation must meet with the chief of the Canadian nation. The Idle No More troupe states that it is convinced that the government's attempts to make changes to the Indian Act, which the First Nations communities, the government and the Assembly of First Nations all consider to be inept and failed, will erode their traditional rights. Chief Spence rants that changes must not take place without close consultation with First Nations. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs sent missives to the Assembly of First Nations and individual chiefs, that "First Nations can make recommendations on the department website as to what they'd like to see in terms of a First Nations Education act. We will be doing regional consultations in the new year and have committed to sharing the draft legislation with First Nations." Misconceptions with respect to on-reserve "land designation" which appear in the Conservative omnibus budget bill do not reflect the reality that "These amendments are only about leasing and have nothing to do with surrendering reserve lands." They are meant to produce a benefit for First Nations, "to economically benefit from their lands and to manage them according to their bylaws". As for legislation that would require chiefs to make public their salaries and expenses, that move was propelled by "grassroots" members of First Nations, themselves hugely disgruntled at the autocratic method by which their reserves' entitlements are monopolized by their band councils. "The sad reality is that there are a lot of people who would like to meet with the prime minister but ... there is a chain of command within our parliamentary process", commented Senator Brazeau. "The minister involved in this particular issue has extended his invitation and has opened his door to meeting with Chief Spence, and I think that she should think twice and perhaps think hard about the opportunity that is being presented to her." Mentioning as well, in his considered opinion, that Chief Spence's defiance of reasonable behaviour sets a poor example for aboriginal youth, "especially in Canada, living in a democratic society where there's a lot of processes and procedures in place for all Canadians - of all creeds, religion, race and colour - to have their voices heard."

  • Wejitu
    December 29, 2012 - 09:17

    Sorry, but last news is that Chief Spence is Fasting in an effort to make the Prime Minister to meet with Indigenous leaders across Canada and this time to have meaningful dialogue with real results. She is not Fasting in an effort for him to meet with her. Having said that I do also support her in her efforts, even though it means I could be supporting her death.

  • John Jeddore
    December 29, 2012 - 08:53

    Wela'lin for taking the time to write on this issue. I am very glad you mentioned her time spent in residential school - many people think of RS as a dark spot in the distant history when in reality, the last RS didn't close until the 1990's. I read comments on this massive movement and so many seem to come from anger and ignorance, but if these people simply read about treaties, the contents of bill C-45 and the lack of communication with First Nation leaders on it, then it would be much easier to see where we come from on this. So many comments just read, "we should all be equal, those people should not have more rights than us", and they don't realize that with respect to treaty obligations, we do not have more rights. Treaties were an agreement between aboriginal people and settlers which gave them the right to utilize the land, profit from it and thrive upon this country which was originally inhabited by us, and in exchange, we received certain rights and became a significant member at the decision table when it came to big issues affecting this land (in this case, Bill C-45), however that is not so. This bill greatly decreases the number of protected waterways, allows changes to the Indian Act (originally an assimilation tool created by the Canadian gov't which is still in use today) without any First Nation consultation, legal rights for lands on reserves (federally recognized first nation communities) can be given to non-aboriginal people, violations of treaty rights to education, along with so many more changes that go against treaty obligations and the UN's declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples. We are trying to become treaty equals in the government's eyes, which inherently should be so. However, given the current administrations lack of response to the numerous significant demonstrations and Saqamaw Spence's hunger strike, the outlook seems bleak. There are a number of Mi'kmaq on a 4 day hunger strike in solidarity with Chief Spence in Millbrook First Nation and Eskasoni First Nation. They are currently in day 2.