Update: Harper offered to meet with Spence and other leaders, but won't bring the Governor General -- a critical decision maker in discussing the First Nations' treaties with the Canadian government. Harper knows this too. Until the Governor General is included, Spence is rightly keeping up her fast.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government hasn't been good to Canada's First Nations' people. Now activists are fighting back against policies that have hurt communities already lacking enough funding for basic services like heated housing, water, food and education. They're demanding that First Nations get sovereign rights to determine the futures of their communities.
On Dec. 11, Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation started a hunger strike. She wants a meeting with the Prime Minister and First Nations leaders to talk about how they can work together to improve their communities.
Harper claims that his government is doing enough and has met with First Nations leaders enough that he doesn't have to pay attention to Spence. But leaders already say that his government isn't holding up its end of their deal.
Tell Prime Minister Harper to meet directly with Spence and First Nations leaders and to move quickly to improve conditions in their communities.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I was appalled to hear that you were unwilling to meet with Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, even though she is in the midst of a hunger strike to improve conditions in her community. Please do the kind and humane thing and schedule a meeting to discuss the demands and needs of her community.
I recognize that your government has met with First Nations before, but it has not been often enough nor has your government acted strongly enough to help these communities suffering with inadequate housing, food, water and education.
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