Info session planned in Tatamagouche on Bill C- 45

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TATAMAGOUCHE - An information session is planned for Sunday in Tatamagouche regarding the “negative impacts on First Nations and on all Canadians,” surrounding Bill C-45.

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The session, which will include a short video, is being hosted by the North Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians. The presentation will be made by Trudy Watts, a non-aboriginal person, who has been involved in aboriginal rights for a number of years.

Watts will also provide an update on Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on the twenty fourth day of a hunger strike with the demand that she and other First Nations leaders meet with Prime Minister Harper.

Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow visited Chief Spence on Dec. 23rd and called on Harper "to put politics aside at this time of year when people of all faiths are connecting with what is meaningful to them, and human to human, either meet with Chief Spence or set up a time to meet with her. If not, her death will be on his conscience."

To date, Harper has ignored Spence's request. The Idle No More movement is calling for non-aboriginal solidarity.

The information and discussion session is to begin at 4 p.m. at Fables on Main Street.



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  • Rights are Rights
    January 02, 2013 - 18:52

    ...@ JCr...the problem with your statement is we have Harper with a majority..he is holding our Country hostage and he has shall we say a "power boner" about it. ..perhaps you should be concerned that Harper wants to take down the First Nation Treaties...and form his record should not expect the results to be fair...soo how do you be professional with a person like Harper ..I will never ever refer to Harper or any of his yes men/women conservatives with titles related to officials of Canada...they have breached the trusts of parliament, of the Canadian people...Harper should be arrested and held accountable at trial....MR perhaps live in the "conservative bubble land" we call Truro...and this is the problem..rural people who remember the power boner feeling they get when they belong to a group of exploiters....Harper has gutted the environmental protections, he repealed the KYoto iplementation act so it would not be "illegal" to back our to JCR do you or your family breathe the air, drink the water, or eat the plants and life Mother natrue provides...or what?...wake up Canada Harper has lost the right to be in parliament...he is DONE...I hope the Millbrook guys block the THC, teh railline, And the #Two highway....and they should do it to save the rest of us from Harper...white guys like me..can take the ground leading up to the reserve and act as the fornt lines for anyone who wants to stop such a blockade...Down with Harper..arrest him!!!...your chikldrens' health and future is at stake!!!

  • Kris Cameron
    January 02, 2013 - 18:16

    In response to JCR I like to say the the hunger strick may not be nessecary but is an effective way to communicate with the government, as to write a letter from where Cheif T. Spence lives it would take weeks for it to reach Harper and by the pace this bill is being worked on the bill would be passed by then

  • JCR
    January 02, 2013 - 11:26

    Prime Minister Harper should not bow down to extremist tactics such as a hunger strike; Chief T. Spence is trying to hold our Prime Minister and the public hostage; be reasonable and professional - make an appointment like everyone else to discuss your concerns; write a letter or publish an article, but hunger strike, really? No leader of any organization should address such measures and to "demand" a meeting is also unprofessional and unreasonable.