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'Hunger strike made point,' Madahbee

Friday, January 25, 2013   by: Kate AdamsUnion of Ontario Indians
News Release

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Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee
commends Chief Theresa Spence and Elders Raymond Robinson and Jean Sock for their valiant efforts to bring attention to the broken treaty relationship between the Crown and First Nations.

Chief Spence’s ended her fast after 44 days in a teepee on Victoria Island, just upstream from Parliament Hill.

“We applaud the efforts of the hunger strikers and their helpers; they brought awareness to our issues on a global level,” says Madahbee. In 2010 the Harper government made Canada a signatory to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

“The declaration states Indigenous people have the right to participate in decision‐making in matters which would affect our rights,” says Madahbee.

“First Nations were never consulted with on Bill C‐45, the
Omnibus bill...never.”

“We will continue to advance the fight to implement our treaties, said the Grand Council Chief. “We will direct
our words and actions against attempts by this government to ram unlawful legislation down the throats of all Canadians. First Nations have never been defeated in battle in this country and we won’t start now.

“The Anishinabek have developed the tools to restore our own jurisdiction. We’re just waiting for our treaty partner to sit with us at the table.”

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Oldtimer 1/25/2013 2:41:16 PM Report

The Hunger strike by Chief Spence helped get Idle No More into the media but the end result leaves a devided result.
The paper signed only comits the Government to feel a little rushed over Treaties/ contracts made Centuries ago. It does not protect our water or environment.
Bill C-45 is a very bad piece of work by the concervatives and they are arrogant to keep it and any association to the Omnibus process.
Poppa 1/25/2013 2:57:56 PM Report

I don't think many Canadians have been fooled by Spence and her 2 coharts with their fake hunger strike. She showed no wait loss in the 40 some days and slipped out of the tent each evening to spend cozy time in a motel! Now it's time for her to show some accountablity to her reserve. She needs explain why they have no homes to live in and where the money went.
Oldtimer 1/25/2013 3:06:06 PM Report

Chief Spence was a part of the bigger picture. Her desire for change or causing the leaders of the First Nations People and the Federal Government and the Queens Representative should not be questioned because of what the media played with.

Her life is hers. Choices 'et al'. Trying to be a leader in two worlds is very difficult and something 40 days can not be used as enough time for critisism.
tar77bass 1/25/2013 4:29:06 PM Report

What hunger strike she ate everyday and the people back home at her band probably eat less than she did So tired of hearing about this so called make believe hunger stike just another why to get her face on the news.
Brave4Life 1/25/2013 4:42:44 PM Report

Tarbass, seabass or just straight up JACKASS..... You my not so educated friend are a borderline racist hater and I don't like you.... I don't care if I get booted off of hear or my message gets deleted. You need a wake up call sir/maam, and I am willing to bet I can give it to you.... You are always commenting negatively with racisst posts on native issues, I will be the first native to say that you don't owe me anything but as long as you live on OUR land you will respect my ancestors
Brave4Life 1/25/2013 5:44:00 PM Report

My father, grand father and great grand father also wore the uniform and fought for this country that we live in what is your point? I am Native which isn't a crime, but I have not taken a "hand out" as you say. I live off the reserve in the same city as you, I pay taxes just like you, I didn't recieve free money to go to school or a free house like some people claim. Not all of us are what you have been taught in history books. Do some research then talk to me before you look foolish
Biker Barbie 1/25/2013 6:09:58 PM Report

I hope Harper shows the resolve to deal with the idle no mores. Bob Rae looked like a fool yesterday in his bid to make polictical hay, but he can't be trusted anyone remember Rae days?
GWN 1/25/2013 9:14:14 PM Report

" by this government to ram unlawful legislation down the throats of all Canadians."

So just what law was broken in the passage of this legislation?

and the hunger strike has just turned more Canadians against the ludicrous demands of Spence and her ilk. Check the polls

Always willing to give a hand up - not willing to give a perpetual handout
fogie 1/26/2013 1:25:22 AM Report

There was a great deal of time between the announcement of the changes contained in Bill C-45 and the Bill's actual passage. As such, everyone, including First Nations was able to express their views on it, and that means everyone was consulted. Too many First Nations leaders are more interested in "control" rather than "consultation". They need to realize that their views will not always be accepted, even after consultation.
Biker Barbie 1/26/2013 10:24:47 AM Report



Chief Clarence Louie Osoyoos BC Alberta

'My first rule for success is Show up on time.'
'My No. 2 rule for success is follow Rule No. 1.'
'If your life sucks, it's because you suck.'
'Quit your sniffling.'
'Join the real world. Go to school, or get a job.'
'Get off of welfare. Get off your butt.'

geezer1 1/26/2013 11:43:24 AM Report

Grow up Madahbee and start acting like a member of civilization instead of a spoiled brat demanding changes rather than going the route taken by the rest of the citizens of this country. You are not special by any stretch of the imagination and no one except your sheeples takes kindly to your threats and most of all the measures you and your followers have taken to get your points across. As suggested before, take you grievances to the steps of the Canadian Parliament wherein lies the only solution to your perceived plights. I don't need you to fight my battles. The non natives of this country have made this country what it is without your help for the last 300 years. You are an anarchist at best and your tribes would be decimated if it was not for the taxpayers and governments of this great country called, Canada.
Oldtimer 1/27/2013 10:07:17 PM Report

Chief Madahbee wasn't even apart of idle No More until it was a week old. He wasn't making demands and he signed the resulting resolution that changed nothing.
There was a singular message about Bill C-45, take away protection of the water and Land. First Nations took up the call to bring this to EVeryones attention. It (bill C-45) does affect everone. Drinking water, proper mining and forestry practices which includes air quality and Global warming.
Chief Spence was making a point and Chief Madahbe wasn't trying to be a part of it. That is the split in support.
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