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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