Friday, December 21, 2012
Why is Stephen Harper Afraid of Chief Spence?
It's hard to believe that a native leader from a suffering community, would have to go on a hunger strike, to try to get a meeting with a Canadian Prime Minister.
On the eve of a day of aboriginal protest, the hunger-striking chief of the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation is again calling for a meeting with the prime minister and Canada’s governor-general.
And even harder to believe that Stephen Harper would let her starve rather than talk to her. For either he is incapable of even the smallest noble gesture. Or he's AFRAID of her eh?
Afraid of this gentle leader.
“I had a talk with my girls and I explained the journey of life. There are times in the journey of life you lose your loved ones. That is part of life,” said Spence. “If I am not going to be here, you are not going to be alone…There will be people looking after you, my partner, your sisters, my friends will look after them and I am going to be there in my spirit with them every day.”
And her Harper teddy bear.
Despite the heaviness of the topic and its dark lining, levity still comes easily here. Spence holds a teddy bear she said is named “Harper” and laughs. “I sleep with him, he keeps me warm,” she said. “My honey came here and spotted him and said, ‘you are replacing me,’ yes with Harper.”
Can you believe it? Give Harpo a hug, or a pair.
But of course Great Teddy Leader IS afraid of Chief Spence, because she is inspiring the awesome Idle No More movement, which is spreading like wild fire.
“We’re seeing a rejection of old strategies right now,” said Wab Kinew, the First Nations co-ordinator at the University of Manitoba. “Aboriginal people have tried sitting down with the government, they’ve tried doing it the bureaucratic way but it isn’t working. So they aren’t going to wait for the Assembly of First Nations, they aren’t going to wait for their leaders. They’re going to lead the charge.”
And all Great Chicken Leader has ever given the First Nations is hollow words and broken promises.
And all I can say is I'm with them, and I only wish I could attend today's rally in Ottawa.
For they are not just fighting for social justice, they are fighting to defend our precious land, its lakes and its rivers, that the Cons would defile. So their struggle is our struggle.
And Stephen Harper should find the courage and the decency to meet with Chief Spence before she gets even weaker.
Because if he doesn't, and something happens to her, he could find himself facing an uprising from coast to coast to coast.
For there will be justice, or there will be trouble.
Now is the time to show our solidarity with our First Nations brothers and sisters, and help drive another nail into the Con coffin.
Enough is Enough.
Idle no more....
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