Maclean’s Live: Press conference on Theresa Spence

Attawapiskat chief in hospital after ending hunger protest

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in hospital after ending hunger protest

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence remains in hospital on an intravenous line as she recovers following six weeks without solid food.

Her spokesman Danny Metatawabin says Spence went to the hospital Wednesday evening for a checkup after agreeing to end her 44-day hunger protest.

She had been scheduled to attend a news conference this morning in Ottawa, but now Metatawabin says she won’t be released until later today or on Friday.

Meanwhile, events marking the end of her protest are going ahead without her.

Chiefs and politicians are preparing for a gathering at midday at a downtown hotel.

Spence ended her protest after other chiefs and federal opposition parties promised to take up her cause of treaty implementation and improving conditions on reserves.

Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on Chief Theresa Spence:

“I am encouraged that Chief Theresa Spence has decided to end her hunger strike. Chief Spence and those who have joined her fast have helped bring about substantial change, but their cause – however just – should not endanger their lives or their health. Liberals join with Canadians across the country who are deeply committed to carrying on the fight for justice, dignity and reconciliation, and we salute Chief Spence’s courage.

The commitments we are making flow logically from the work of the Charlottetown and Kelowna Accords, numerous Supreme Court of Canada decisions, and our commitments as a country made when we signed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They represent the strongly held values of the Liberal Party of Canada.

On behalf of our Parliamentary Caucus, I would like to express our party’s continued resolve to work inside and outside Parliament – on a nation-to-nation basis – to address the gross inequalities facing First Nations, from the disparity in education outcomes and poor health to the lack of clean running water and safe housing.”




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Maclean’s Live: Press conference on Theresa Spence

  1. Watching the press conference….why is Rae sitting there like a toad

    • Because he’s the toad who got Spence to stop hunger striking. Watch and learn how a true statesman-toad conducts himself; the toad currently in power doesn’t have the jam (that would be toad-jam!).

  2. Her own people want her removed as chief, wonder why?

  3. She’s in the hospital? Because she was on a diet? Good grief…. this simply can’t get any more ridiculous.

    • She’s on intravenous drip to replace fluids? She was on a liquid diet with tea and fluids.

      For protein? It was fish broth.

      For glucose? Protein is metabolized into glucose.

      To wash 6 weeks of clandestine cheeseburger ought of her system?

      What the flaming F is with the media? Don’t they ask questions? Didn’t they go to journalism school?

  4. Watching the live feed – why can’t they answer the question?? Re the Theresa Spence hunger strike “tactic” question – why did the reporter ask the question in such a wishy washy way? Why not say: “people call into question Theresa Spence’s claim she was on a hunger strike, care to comment?”

  5. She herself should clean herself,guess that diet is part of the movement?

  6. Chief Spence has just given Canadians a good example of abuse of our medical system.
    I am more than surprised that Chief Spence for all her rantings of not being assimilated but maintaining traditional ways did not seek the care of a medicine man – what’s up with that?

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