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)