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(CBC)   Chief Theresa Spence to end hunger strike, with photo that says maybe the strike never started   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Chief Theresa Spence, First Nations, New Democrats, Parliament Hill  
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2013-01-24 04:07:46 AM  
2 votes:
She should stay on that hunger strike a few more weeks.
2013-01-24 12:53:51 PM  
1 vote:
I think maybe it was a "between meals" hunger strike.
2013-01-24 11:56:20 AM  
1 vote:
Calmer now. Let me just say it bugs me when people go off on what they think they know, and the realities of life on reserves and how FN people are treated. I grew up with First Nations people. You just do if you're anywhere north of Sudbury, and again I have first hand knowledge... They're like everyone else. There's good and bad people. Unfortunately, there's way to much abuse of children by a disproportionate number of first nations people's. There's also too much drug and alcohol abuse to be easily explained away by "loss of culture or identity". It's nonsense. It's an easy excuse to say "I like to get high and screw my kids" It's f*cking horrible. I'm not saying all reserves are bad. Sure, there's lot of good reserves. But, a small percentage of reserves are destroying the reputation of reserves and FN people across Canada. Theft is theft after all. Stealing from your own people is the lowest. Spence is a sh*t bag from the evidence I've read about.
Idle No More is something different and should be getting a lot more attention. I don't agree with the tactics being used (blocking highways, threatening to blow up pipelines). That's terrorism and shouldn't be tolerated. I do agree with their complaints that they're getting a raw deal from the gov't. Spence has co-opted the movement for her own aims. my post and it's rambling but I guess I'm still pissed off.
2013-01-24 11:08:16 AM  
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MooseUpNorth: kvinesknows: name three reasons you feel are legitimate. I will refute them. You better be prepared with facts because I sure as hell am

1) On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Quebec Provincial Police conducted controversial raids on the reserve to stop the Mi'gmaq from asserting their control over their native fishery. Federal Indian Affairs Minister John Munro was among those critical of the manner in which the Quebec government and provincial minister Lucien Lessard had acted. All convictions resulting from the arrests were eventually overturned.[1]

2) The system was designed as an immersion program: in many schools, children were prohibited from (and sometimes punished for) speaking their own languages or practicing their own faiths. In the 20th century, former students of the schools have claimed that officials and teachers had practiced cultural genocide and ethnocide. Because of the relatively isolated nature of the schools, there was an elevated rate of physical and sexual abuse. Corporal punishment was often justified by a belief that it was the only way to "save souls", "civilize" the savage, or punish runaways who, if they became injured or died in their efforts to return home, would leave the school legally responsible for whatever befell them.

3) Living conditions for Indigenous people in the prairie regions deteriorated quickly. Between 1875 and 1885, settlers and hunters of European descent contributed to hunting the North American Bison almost to extinction; the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway brought large numbers of European settlers west who encroached on former Indigenous territory. European Canadians established governments, police forces, and courts of law with different foundations than indigenous practices. Various epidemics continued to devastate Indigenous communities. All of these factors had a profound effect on Indigenous people, particularly those from the plains who had relied heavily on bison for food and clothing. Most of t ...

No, you've established your point. We'd better act now if we want to stop Wolseley and kick MacDonald out of office.
2013-01-24 08:14:37 AM  
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2013-01-24 07:24:54 AM  
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Rita McNeil was going to join her in sympathy, but her doctor warned her she could be endangering her life if the strike continued past 2014.
2013-01-24 04:36:46 AM  
1 vote:

SpdrJay: Has anyone since Ghandi used a hunger strike to any avail? Anyone? Bueller?

There was that Michael Fassbender movie about the hunger strike in some Irish prison.
2013-01-24 04:33:23 AM  
1 vote:

jtown: Penobscot

I still havent forgiven him for what he did to Hot Lips.
This is now a M*A*S*H  thread
2013-01-24 03:57:39 AM  
1 vote:
First thought.
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