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Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hunger Strike

This page is dedicated to the efforts of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation who has been on a hunger-strike since December 11th 2012.  The Chiefs of Ontario would like to also dedicate this page to our Peoples and leaders who are out there fighting for our rights now and for generations to come. 

Throughout her hunger-strike Chief Spence’s demands have been clear: to solidify a meeting with the Prime Minister, the Crown, and the Provincial and Territorial leaders along with all the First Nations leaders to discuss our inherent and treaty rights.  Until this meeting is set she will not eat and has stated, “I am ready to die for my people”.  Chief Spence has demonstrated the importance of ceremony and connecting with the Creator.   Her efforts prove her to be a truly courageous and inspirational leader.

Please check back on this page to see updated information on the efforts of Chief Spence, our peoples and leaders.


Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Chief Spence Ends Hunger Strike


AGENDA - Thursday, January 24

There will be no Sunrise Ceremony on Victoria Island due to cold weather.

8:00 am     Delta Ottawa City Centre - Breakfast in Ballroom

9:30 am     Press Conference Briefing - Saskatchewan RC Bellegarde, AFN Staff

                   (Delta Ottawa)

11:00 am   Press Conference at National Press Gallery

12:00 noon  NAN Honouring Event for Chief Theresa Spence *webcast live

Opening Prayer and Song

  • Elder Jonas Fiddler, Sandy Lake First Nation

Introductions and Acknowledgements

Declaration Signing

Mushkegowuk Council

Attawapiskat First Nation

Presentation from Grand Chief Harvey Yesno, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Statement from NAN Women’s Council

Presentation from First Nations and Groups

Giveaway Ceremony

Closing Prayer and Song


Supporting Documents

Statement to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada - January 7, 2013

Message from Margaret Kenequanash, North Caribou Lake First Nation

Action Alert Communique - December 29, 2012

Attawapiskat First Nation Media Release - December 28, 2012

Statement of Unity

Press Release: Open Letter to the Crown - December 18, 2012

Urgent Open Letter to Her Majesty the Queen - December 18, 2012

Letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty - December 21, 2012

Mushkego Chiefs Support Chief Theresa Spence - December 13, 2012

Curve Lake First Nation Council Resolution - Dec 17-12

Grass Roots Activities in Ontario

NAN Open Invitation to Attend Event Honouring Chief Spence

KI Walks to Parliament Hill to Say No to Treaty Violations

Shibogama Shows Support for Chief Spence - January 4, 2013

Idle No More Events

Notice: Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation Community - Support of the Statement of Unity & planned activities for 2013

Urgent Memo - Notice of Support of Grassroots Movement Against Legislative Attacks - Chippewas of the Thames First Nation - December 14, 2012

Special Video Message from Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy

click here to watch video