Prime Minister Harper announces Jan 11 meeting Spence to continue hunger strike

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations leaders on Jan. 11, but Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, whose 25-day hunger strike forced the meeting, says she will continue to abstain from food until the meeting actually happens.Harper issued a statement Friday saying the meeting would be coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations and would focus on the treaties, Aboriginal rights and economic development.“The government of Canada and First Nations have an enduring historic relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. The government of Canada is committed to strengthening this relationship,” said Harper in the statement.An aide to Spence said she is aware of the announcement, but won’t end her hunger strike until the meeting happens. Spence also told her aide the governor general needs to attend the meeting.Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day said in a statement that leaders “are still reluctant to breath easy about what the process is and how it will affect future political relations between the Crown and First Nations in this country.”More to comelast_img read more

Iqaluit dump fire finally doused

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter nearly four months, Iqaluit’s infamous dump fire has been doused.And, as APTN videographer Steve Mongeau explains, it only took 17 days to douse the flames.last_img