“I am very concerned for Jim’s health and well-being, and his safety,” said Kirk Lethbridge, LLP member. “I am concerned for his care and security. We are concerned for all of our people arrested, for all their safety, but Jim is close to 80 years old and has cancer and this is a heart-wrenching time for us all. It is a painful time but oppression has silenced people for so long, it sometimes takes real leaders to make real change, and our leaders we see, are not the elected, but the front line protectors like Jim. Marj and Eldred.”
Learning is a well-known Inuit Elder and was arrested in 2013 at a Muskrat Falls protest. At that time, he went on a six-day hunger strike and Denise Cole, a spokesperson for LLP, said he might go on a hunger strike again.