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Idle No More: January 2013 Archives

Whapmagoostui youth head out in support of Idle No More

youth.JPGSeven young members of the James Bay Cree have set out on a long walk from Wapmagoostui to Ottawa. They're calling it the Journey of Nishiyuu -- the Quest for Unity -- in support of the Idle No More movement. Former Grand Council chief Matthew Mukash tells Quebec Am why he joined them on the first day of the journey.

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Cree Radio CBC also spoke with David Kawapit, one of the members of the walk, before they left on January 16. Listen to the interview here (in Cree and English).

We've also managed to reach the journey's instigator David Kawapit this morning via satelite phone as the group is about to set out toward Chisasibi.

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Guillaume Picard's criticism on Spence's stance

Although the Idle No More movement has mostly lent its support to chief Spence, some First Nations people are critical of her stance. Guillaume Picard is one of them. He's a Montreal-based writer, teacher and a member of the Huron-Wendat nation. He spoke to our Eastern Townships reporter Sarah Rogers yesterday. Sarah asked him about his comment that Chief Spence has brought shame to Aboriginal people. Kim Garritty joined host Susan Campbell to translate the conversation.

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Taking the pulse of Native communities across Quebec

On the day of a major meeting planned between First Nations leaders and the Prime Minister, Idle No More protesters are demonstrating across Canada. But some leaders - including Attawapiskat's Chief Theresa Spence - are boycotting the meeting. Quebec AM called out to several members of Native communities across Quebec to get a better sense of what's at stake today.

Pakesso Mukash is a Cree musician. He's member of the band CerAmony. We also speak to Michèle Audette, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada and Chief Dean Vicaire of the Listiguj Mi'kmaq community.
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Gilbert Whiteduck is the Chief of the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, in western Quebec.
He's in Ottawa this morning. We also hear from Jeanette Pilot and Aniesh Vollant. Since New Year's Eve, these two women from the Innu community of Uashat, in Sept-Iles, have been on their own hunger strike in solidarity with Chief Spence. Pilot and Vollant say they won't be ending their hunger strike until there is a concrete, major commitment of action from the federal government.
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For up-to-the-minute updates on the meeting between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, visit this link. You can also follow the hashtag #J11 on Twitter.