First Nation members weakening on day 9 of hunger strike
Two people engaged in a hunger strike on Millbrook First Nation say they are physically weakening in their protest to get Mi'kmaq First Nations chiefs to withdraw from ongoing government negotiations.
Shelley Young of Eskasoni First Nation and Jean Sock of Elsipogtog First Nation are on day nine of their hunger strikes.
They said they do not support a negotiation process taking place between the provincial and federal governments.
"Basically what these framework agreements are, are self-government agreements with the government. What they do is they're basically new treaties with the government. So our old treaties will no longer be recognized. It's a way to strip all of our rights from us," said Young.
The strike is taking place on Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia.
On Friday Chief Terry Paul of the Membertou First Nation said he would resign from the negotiating group. He said in a tweet, "I don't want to see a young [woman] die. I shall resign from KMK."
Young said she hopes other chiefs will follow.