Protest Gathers Strength – Latest

January 2, 2013 · Print This Article

L A T E S T – On January 11th there will be a Global Day of Action for Idle No More. On twitter, the hashtag is #J11. There is also a Facebook page here with more information.

In Canada, Chief Theresa Spence is continuing her hunger strike and despite a lot of requests by opposition Members of Parliament, Prime Minister Harper still refuses to meet with her or other First Nations leaders to discuss treaty rights affected by Bill C-45 which was recently passed.

Two other First Nation elders, Emil Bell (72) and Raymond Robinson (51), both started hunger strikes in solidarity with Spence on December 12th. Emil Bell is of Cole Bay First Nation in Saskatchewan and Raymond Robinson is of Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba.

There have been several rail line blockades set up as well in support of Spence and the Idle No More movement.

The Seton Lake Indian Band erected a blockade of a CN Rail mainline near Lillooet, BC starting Friday December 28th at approximately 3pm and ended it Sunday evening.

About three dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga blocked the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal for several hours Sunday, December 30th.

The longest blockade of a rail line is at Sarnia, Ontario which has been going on since December 20th. The Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Sarnia Chief of Police have been served with contempt of court, for failure to remove the blockade of CN Rail and are to appear in court tomorrow.

There have been several blockades of highways as well in various places across Canada to raise awareness of the issue.

The Canadian media – just as in Ireland during the early stages of the hunger strikes – hasn’t given much coverage to Chief Spence or the Idle No More movement. News of the fast and solidarity actions comes mainly through social media such as Twitter and Facebook. There has been a lot of good support from the United States and there have been rallies in many cities there as well.




7 Responses to “Protest Gathers Strength – Latest”

  1. colm scullion on January 4th, 2013 1:08 pm

    I would like to send wholehearted support to Chief Theresa Spenceand her comrades on hungerstrike, We are no strangers to Hungerstrike and protest against injustice. The attitude of the Canadian Government mirrors that of the Thatcher regime.
    Justice will prevail.

  2. Alexandra Farrell on January 7th, 2013 8:00 pm

    I live in Nova Scotia about 2 hours from Ottawa , and have been
    following Teresa Spence,s hunger strike in my daily paper, and
    am struck by how much it reminds me of the hunger strike of
    1981. In following the articles in my paper, I am transported
    back 31 years. I was 20 years old in 1981, exactly seven
    years younger than Bobby, and Harper is behaving exactly
    like Thatcher. Also, just as in the Irish hunger strike of 1981,
    there isn,t much coverage by the mainstream media here or
    it,s ignored.

  3. sean mac mahon on January 8th, 2013 1:14 pm

    With regard to Theresa Spence, she is on a diet, not a hunger-strike! An audit of her reserve has just been released, and shows clearly that she and her boyfriend have pillaged the funds given to the reserve. To mention this woman here is to insult the memory of Bobby Sands! Do some research before you elevate this criminal to hero status!

  4. Jade on January 8th, 2013 6:07 pm

    [T]he role of hunger striking crusader requires, at the least, a store of moral credibility and the placing of one’s own affairs in order

  5. Rob Ryan on January 30th, 2013 7:34 pm

    WOW— Sean Mac Mahon Thank You for the wake up call on Theresa Spence. I will have to look into her status , I will always think of all the Ireland freedom fighters when I hear Hunger Striker for Freedom of Ireland.God Bless Bobby Sands and ALL freedom fighters that gave up life and freedom for IRELAND. LETS GET IT DONE

  6. Mark Robertson on February 3rd, 2013 12:06 am

    Theresa spence never went on hunger strike. I live in canada and she basicly went on a diet. She drunk tea and fish broth. She actually looked like she put more weight than before she did the protest

  7. Patti Simpson on March 2nd, 2013 1:50 am

    Please don’t compare the hunger strikers to Chief Spence, I think she gained weight, the natives here complained about their living conditions, yet my tax dollars have been supporting them for generations, and when the government asked where all the money went, they decided to start their usual protests to throw off suspicion of their gross mishandling of millions of taxpayer dollars, the chiefs and their cronies all live like kings while their people live in squalor.
    to compare them to Bobby Sands and his brothers and sisters is an insult to the Irish. Just my own opinion, but I live near reservation and have friends who work on “the rez” they agree money is being mishandled constantly.

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