Ontario Chiefs Boycott Meeting Between First Nations and Harper

Day 6

It's the meeting that almost didn't happen. But in the end, Prime Minister Harper, Assembly of First Nation's National Chief Shawn Atleo and other government and First Nations leaders sat together in Ottawa Friday. Some chiefs boycotted the meet, including Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence, and chiefs from Ontario and Manitoba. Manitoba Grand chief Derek Nepinak said Idle No More could bring Canada's economy to its knees. Ontario native leaders threatened blockades of roads and railways on Wednesday. They told Atleo to skip the meeting, and said they'd move for a vote of non-confidence of his leadership if he went. All this suggests the leadership of First Nations is divided on how to move ahead. On Friday, we spoke with Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.

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