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Idle No More

Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny

Native leader Theresa Spence is no longer asking  for a face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister before she ends her hunger strike. In December the Chief of Attawapiskat First Nation became a key figure at the center of a movement aimed at changing the relationship between the Canadian government and Aboriginal Canadians. It is  called "Idle No More"

Like Occupy Wall Street..Idle No More started small.  It was the brainchild of four Saskatchewan women who wanted to draw attention to the issues of housing, the environment and resource management in aboriginal communities. It became a hashtag, a social media mechanism that allowed the idea to travel internationally.

Last week, here on Cape Breton Island, community members in Eskasoni went on a fast in support of Chief Spence. To find out what happens next we have reached.

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