Some more news on the continuing protests by the indigenous peoples of Canada as they seek to build on the momentum created by the Idle No More movement and the recent hunger strike by the Theresa Spence. From the Star:
“On the frozen shores of Hudson’s Bay in January, a small group of Great Whale Cree strapped on their mukluks, pulled on their parkas and set out on an epic and frigid journey on foot to Ottawa.
Drawing inspiration from Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her fast more than 1,500 kilometres to the south, six youth and a 49-year-old master hunter decided they too wanted to do something to draw attention to aboriginal issues and joined the ad hoc actions of the Idle No More movement taking place all over the country.
Almost two months after they departed Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuaraapik, Que., in –40 C weather, the walkers have covered more than 1,000 kilometres and rallied about 100 people to join them from communities along the way.
On March 25 the marchers expect to reach Parliament Hill, where New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) will gather a welcoming party to greet them.”
- Cree Idle No More walkers reach Algonquin community (cbc.ca)
- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence seeks UN intervention (climate-connections.org)