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Idle No More and Spence hunger strike: CBC North special coverage

li-idle-no-more-dec21.jpg Aboriginal people across the country are drumming, dancing, demonstrating, and raising their voices in support of treaty rights in a grassroots movement called Idle No More. Shortly after the first such protests in early December 2012, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike on Victoria Island near Ottawa, demanding to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the federal government's troubled relationship with First Nations. Although many of these issues concern the Indian Act and not apply to the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, many Crees have been touched by the protests and by Spence's actions, and have become involved themselves. Listen here to CBC North's special coverage of what may be one of the most important social movements of 2013.

Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come shares the Grand Council's position on Chief Spence's hunger strike and on the Idle No More movement (December 20)

Crees join Idle No More protests (December 21)

Cree youth David Kawapit plans to walk to Ottawa to support Chief Spence (December 28)

Whapmagoostui Chief supports youth journey (January 3)

Cree lawyer Kenny Loon explains Bill C-45 (January 3)

Slideshow of Idle No More photos from our colleagues across CBC

Stay tuned to Winschgaoug and Eyou Dipajimoon for more on this evolving story.

And share your thoughts with us: you can leave a message at 1-877-597-4369, comment on our Cree Radio CBC facebook page, or email us at creeprog@cbc.ca.