OTTAWA, Dec. 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Atikamekw Nation Grand Chief Eva Ottawa comes out inspired by the meeting she had with Chief Theresa Spence, who is pursuing her hunger strike that began on December 11, 2012. "I was worried for her health, but I was struck by her strength and determination", said Grand Chief Ottawa. "She certainly has my full support in her approach, since the cause she is fighting for applies to most Aboriginal communities in Canada."
For Grand Chief Ottawa, all members of the Atikamekw Nation can find a source of energy in the courage displayed by Chief Spence. "The Atikamekw communities are struggling with the same issues that the community of Chief Spence: overcrowding in our homes, lack of housing, lack of space and health issues in our school buildings", said Atikamekw Grand Chief Eva Ottawa.
For Grand Chief Eva Ottawa, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has undertaken one of the most selfless acts in recent history to try to get Canada to fulfill its duties and obligations. "It is deplorable that a leader must resort to such drastic measures to draw attention to the conditions under which Aboriginal communities in Canada are living," she said. "But I think the courage and determination of Chief Spence will inspire everyone, and foster an awakening of the conscience of Canadians about the fate of the First Nations communities."
Grand Chief Eva Ottawa is hopeful that Prime Minister Harper will hear Chief Spence's cri du coeur and that he will commit to uphold the honor of the Crown to the First Peoples of Canada.
About the Atikamekw Nation Council
The Atikamekw Nation Council is a tribal organization whose mission is, among others, to protect and promote the rights and interests of the Atikamekw people on social, economic and cultural aspects, and to represent the three Atikamekw communities: Manawan, Opitciwan and Wemotaci, totaling nearly 7000 members. The Atikamekw People have occupied their Nitaskinan for millennia.
SOURCE: CONSEIL DE LA NATION ATIKAMEKW
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