18 January 2013
ABORIGINAL JUSTICE PRAYER/ACTION ALERT: Urge officials to meet with First Nations leaders
Amid reports that Chief Theresa Spence, on hunger strike since 11 December 2012, is weakening, Christian Peacemaker Teams' Aboriginal Justice Team requests prayer support for her and the Idle No More movement, and communications to two government officials.
A primary objective of Chief Spence's liquids-only fast, now in its 39th day, is to hold a meeting in which both Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston would sit together with her and other First Nations leaders and hear their perspectives and concerns. As Representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada, the Governor General's presence is seen as important since First Nations' rights under treaties signed with "the Crown" (now the UK) predate Canada. For more background, see related CPTnet articles.
A 15 January letter from Chief Spence to other Chiefs explains the purpose of the hunger strike and exhorts them to maintain unity in the mass mobilization occurring under the Idle No More banner, which has inspired solidarity actions around the world. Fasting and prayer have been foundational in many nonviolent movements, including in CPT's peacemaking work.
Contact both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston’s office and ask that the two of them arrange to meet together with Chief Spence and other First Nations leaders.
Prime Minister Stephen
Office of Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA2
General David Johnston
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1