Idle No More – Support Hunger Striker Theresa Spence!

An Sionnach Fionn

I reported a few days ago on the hunger strike by Theresa Spence, leader of the Attawapiskat First Nation (one of the recognised indigenous peoples of Canada), which has now reached its 20th day. Theresa is reportedly in a very weak condition and there are increasing worries about her fate as the aboriginal rights’ movement, Idle No More, steps up its campaign of peaceful protests across the country. One of the more disturbing aspects of Theresa Spence’s hunger fast and the political demonstrations around it by men, women and children from the First Nations has been the response of the Anglophone press in Canada. The majority of journalists and commentators have vigorously attacked Spence and the cause of indigenous rights through various print and electronic media, both nationally and locally. Of course this antagonism to the original inhabitants of the North American continent is nothing new in Canada…

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