Chief Spence won't attend meeting without GG

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't attend Friday's meetings between First Nations leaders and the federal government

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't attend Friday's meetings between First Nations leaders and the federal government because Gov. Gen. David Johnston has said he won't be there.

Spence has been engaged in a protest since Dec. 11, subsisting solely on fish broth and tea in an effort to secure a meeting with Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Spence is insisting on having the Governor General attend the meeting because he's the Queen's representative in Canada.

A spokesperson for Johnston has said he would not attend the sessions on Friday because they are working meetings with government on policy issues.

Spence says she wants the Crown represented at the meetings because the talks are supposed to focus on the treaty rights that were established by the Royal Proclamation of 1793.

She says she has written to Buckingham Palace to ask that Johnston be in attendance.

(The Canadian Press)

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  1. proton posted on 01/09/2013 01:07 PM
    What a piece of work! Hope she REALLY goes on a HUNGER strike instead of a diet. The media that call it a "hunger" strike should be ashamed of their lack of comprehension of the english language and poor journalistic skills.

    To those who compare her to Mahatma Gandhi, she'd be more aptly compared to honey boo boo.

    Perhaps Paul Martin would like to appoint her as Canada's next Auditor-General.
    1. dan posted on 01/09/2013 01:32 PM
      @proton Proton, don't insult Honey Boo Boo like that!
  2. Greg posted on 01/09/2013 01:12 PM
    What is it with this woman? So, if the GG attends, what will be her next excuse? "I won't attend unless the Queen herself is present." Mr. Harper, please carry on with your scheduled meetings with the Native leaders with or without this incompetent attention-seeker. Let her know that this government will not be dictated to by a band Cheif that cannot run her reserve and resorts to blackmail to get her way.
  3. Lynne posted on 01/09/2013 01:45 PM
    I fully agree with the other comments...I was also thinking that the Queen herself wouldn't be good enough for this foolish woman..she's made herself a laughing stock, & we all know that she's a swindler, with OUR money! When will the REAL police (not the band police) get involved, charge her & her swindler boyfriend & get our money was reported that the Indians own millions in investments(OUR MONEY).
    1. proton posted on 01/09/2013 02:16 PM
      @Lynne perhaps she's upset she hasn't been invited to go hunting with the Queen. Forget the REAL police you refer to, Dalton Mcchicken ensured theyd be useless. head of opp last night said they wouldn't enforce judge's ruling to remove natives from CN railway tracks. Of course the police had no problem removing a Global reporter from the area near spence's tent. I didn't know it was native land.

      What we are witnessing is anarchy and our police forces refuse to uphold the law. Caledonia is the beginning of a very very slippery slope.

      In Canada you're charged with a crime if you defend your property and person however, if a native person beats you almost to death, the police will simply watch from a safe distance.

      The only authority left that has a hope of bringing back some common sense is the army.

      It's a very sad situation, however we have our politicians to blame.
    2. DMCP posted on 01/09/2013 03:02 PM
      @proton Perhaps the Americans have it right with their 2nd ammendment. An armed and mobile citizenship. When the government and rule of law no longer work what is the last resort? Sounds like something the FN would say doesn't it?
  4. terri posted on 01/09/2013 02:02 PM
    At the risk of belaboring the subject, she looks pretty hale and hearty for suone who has been existing on broth and tea for 29 days.
  5. proton posted on 01/09/2013 03:47 PM
    if anyone knows the recipe for the fish broth diet please post it. i understand it's healthy and good for losing weight.
    1. terri posted on 01/09/2013 03:51 PM
      @proton I'm not so sure it's good for losing weight, it may be healthy, I'm sure it is, because it is certainly sustaining Ms. Spence for the past 29 days. The losing weight, I don't think so.......I think Jenny Craig works better or perhaps Bobby there's guy who really knew how to do a hunger strike!
  6. Ken posted on 01/10/2013 09:25 AM
    We don't think Executive Queen Chief Spence's "diet" is working. Her royal cheeks are puffier than when she started. Some of her royal staff have been sneaking 'goodies' into her soup and crackers. Steak and bon-bons.

    We think it's time for the REAL diet. A significant CUT in the Indian Affairs Dept budget and all the free handouts! Let's start with 50% ($6 billion) The $6 billion can be used for health care and infrastructure and consultants to help reduce ALL government expenditures by 30% over 5 years! A further 10% cut to the Indian Affairs budget each of the following 5 years!

    In addition, we believe ALL Canadians are equal and should all be treated equally, including the payment of taxes. Effective January 1, 2015 - no one has a "status card" and we all become equal!

    The hardworking, tax paying majority of Canadians
    1. terri posted on 01/10/2013 09:47 AM
      @Ken Ken, what an excellent, excellent concept. Your letter should go viral. I am sure there are many, many people who would sign it. The hardworking, taxpaying majority of Canadians have had it with all the handoputs we are paying everyone! We need to have a revolt!
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