Theresa Spence, one of three chiefs of the Attawapiskat First Nation is on a hunger strike. She is demanding a meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister and is using this action as a means to try and force that meeting. She is also demanding that the meeting be at least one to two weeks in length. She claims it is to draw attention to and to force changes to the Indian Act.
Simultaneously, a new aboriginal activist group called Idle No More has taken up the cause by falling back on the same tired old self-indulgent actions that have never worked for them in the past. Once again Canadians are being subjected to the usual demonstrations including blockades of roadways and protests in malls and other public facilities.